I am changing up the format for this post. You’ll see what I mean. I usually start with Scripture, then a quote, then my ‘thoughts.’
I wore one of my favorite ties to church this past Sunday. When my younger son lived in southern Mississippi, in the heart of the Bible belt, I figured that there would be a good Christian bookstore in his town. I was informed that there was not a Christian bookstore, but they did have a Baptist bookstore. It was a good thing that they let non-Baptists shop there. I saw no Christian Bible studies on video for my church’s video class that I taught. That disappointed me, but when I started browsing, I found this loud tie. I had to have it.
I got a few compliments last Sunday, even though I had worn it before several times. When the associate pastor said that she liked the tie, I told her that it was a dangerous tie. Sometimes, people ask what the verses are.
You see, most Christian ties have one verse printed on the tie. It may be hard to read, but the words are all there, usually in muted colors. This tie is something different. It screams six words with just a Bible reference for each. It starts off with ‘Sin’ at the bottom and ends with ‘Heaven’ at the top. Some device formats may crop the photo, so I’ll describe each section carefully.
Okay, if anyone asks, “How do you get from Sin to Heaven?” you now have an opportunity to let them know. Not about the tie, but the real answer to the question.
‘Sin’ has a black background on the tie with the verse of Romans 3:23. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” There is a skull and crossed bones next to the word ‘Sin.’ That could refer to Romans 6:23 about the wages of sin is death, but that verse is not listed.
‘Jesus’ has a red background. The red blends into the black on one side and the white on the other resembling liquid drops. Could that be blood? The Scripture verse is Ephesians 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Yes, I think those drops in red are drops of blood, the blood of Jesus shed for us.
‘Purity’ is written in black ink on a white background. The Scripture reference is for 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Okay, we are all sinners, but if we accept Jesus (believe and fully trust Jesus), who paid the price for that sin, He will purify us. He will wash our sins away, along with the penalty of the second death. Using white for the color, the tie designer could be referencing Isaiah 1:18 or even Psalm 51:7.
‘Baptism’ is written in white and splashed onto a blue background. Looks like the dive into the water made a big splash. The verse is Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Okay, this tie came from a Baptist bookstore. Some denominations sprinkle, some pour, and some dunk. Some have infant baptism while others baptize when the person says that they have Jesus in their heart. But every true believer has been baptized in the Holy Spirit, regardless of their denominational practices.
‘Growth’ is printed on a green background. The letters resemble a vine growing into the blue below and the yellow above. The verse is 2 Peter 3:18. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” Okay, we accept Jesus into our lives. Once that happens, we quickly realize that this world is no longer our home. (I have a tie with that on it, too.) We want to be with Jesus, full time. But God has a plan for us. He left us here to serve Him. To be able servants, we need to grow. We must become more like Jesus. And for some like me, that may take a while.
‘Heaven’ is at the top, just below the knot in the tie. Heaven is printed in black with angel wings above on a yellow background. The Scripture is John 14:3. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” Yes, I’m heaven-bound, because Jesus said so.
Now, you have been introduced to my tie. I may not be the greatest example of the tie all the time, but I am still a construction project that has not been completed.
But wearing the tie is dangerous. If you have a brain that leaks like mine does, you may not have all the verses memorized, but you will be asked by people to explain the tie.
Explaining the tie means that I get to do what God has placed in my heart for me to do. Tell people about Jesus. We are all sinners, saved by the Grace of God by simply believing and totally trusting in Jesus who paid the price so that we could have eternal life. When we accept Jesus, we may not be perfect, but God only sees the purity in our soul where Jesus lives within us. When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters us to guide us and baptize us with living water so that we will have the desire and strength the grow closer to God until He calls us home to be with Him in heaven.
People often say, “Neat tie.” I could reply, “Yep,” but what’s the fun in that?