While taking a walk with his dog in 1941, George de Mestral noticed little seeds clinging to his pant leg and his dog. His curiosity served him well because he discovered a very successful system of fasteners which he called Velcro. The combination of hooks and loops made Velcro an extremely useful product. The more hooks there are, the stronger the cling.
Jeremiah was given a particular task in Jeremiah 13. The Lord tells him to take a girdle and wear it for a while. This would have been a waistband which would have served a decorative and practical purpose in their cultural attire. Then Jeremiah was told to travel three hundred miles and bury the girdle. A while later, he would recover the girdle and find it worthless. It was neither attractive nor functional. It had lost its cling.
Joshua urged the nation of Israel to make a choice: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Choosing something can seem arbitrary. Is this “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”? That quality of choosing doesn’t have enough “hooks” to hang on when life pulls and tugs at you. How do you choose with tenacity?
The previous verse, Joshua gives Israel the hook and loop they needed to cling to God. “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth” (Joshua 24:14). While these words may seem the same, they show your choice to serve the Lord requires two sides: inward (sincerity) and outward (truth). Truth is contained in God’s Word. He has provided us a multitude of loops which help us understand who He is and what He desires to do for us, in us, and through us. This could be considered the head knowledge of what we ought to do. However, head knowledge is not enough.
Judas knew enough to follow Jesus throughout his earthly ministry. He was part of the Twelve. He was trusted as the group’s treasurer. Outwardly, Judas had all the indications of serving the Lord. However, inwardly, Judas did not develop the hooks he needed to strengthen his “cling-ability” to Jesus. When life pulled and tugged on Judas, he served another god, mammon, and was sorely disappointed and ruined. A few verses earlier, we see Peter thought he was completely fastened to Christ, but in the heat of the moment his cling loosened and he denied Christ three times. Eventually, we see in Acts 4, he developed the hooks of sincerity within which strengthened his cling to God. In this chapter, we find the word “boldness” mentioned three times showing the inverse effect when we serve the Lord not only in truth but also sincerity.
When we serve the Lord in sincerity and truth, circumstances will not loosen our cling to God. We have found Him to be worthy of all our affection and allegiance. We then become a holy spectacle to the world as he transforms us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).