The Rustic Coat

“Man is a proud creature, and would fain establish his own right-
eousness, and have somewhat wherein to glory in himself. Rom. x.
3. Our proud heart takes up the old proverb and thinketh—A rustic
coat of our own is better than a silken garment that is borrowed of
another. ”

Man would sooner wear his own rags than Christ’s fine white linen. Pride,
however, is too expensive a luxury when a man must give up all hope of heaven
in order to indulge it. Such is the case. There can be no feasting with the
King unless we wear the wedding-garment which he supplies. Our own silk and
satin would not suit his courts, much less our rustic corduroy. We must accept
the righteousness of God, or be unrighteous forever. Surely we shall be worse
than madmen if we insist upon going naked rather than put on the royal apparel
of free grace. Lord, I cannot longer err in this fashion, for I perceive my
righteousnesses to be filthy rags, and I am heartily glad to be rid of them.
Clothe me, I pray thee, with the righteousness divine.

Charles Spurgeon, “Illustrations and Meditations”