The Expensive Red Coat

0 comments Posted on July 14, 2021

by Kathy Collard Miller

In 1966 while in high school, I bought an expensive red coat on “lay-away” at our local department store. Most people might wonder what “lay-away” is because it’s no longer available. But it’s paying something toward the total cost each week. And that’s exactly what I did—pay five dollars each week from my little paycheck from my first part-time job.

Finally, I paid the final payment! I was thrilled to wear it that Friday night to our high school’s championship water polo game where I met Larry—a meeting that blossomed into marriage.

After we were married, Larry told me he was immediately attracted to the rich-looking red coat I wore when we met. He thought I was rich. Underneath, I wore the inexpensive clothes I’d bought at a discount store. But the red coat did the trick and we’ve been married over 50 years.

When I think of that red coat, I think of how every Christian spiritually wears Jesus’ robe of righteousness. Our sin is covered by Jesus’ sacrifice.

As I speak at women’s conferences about this righteous robe, I often ask them to close their eyes and envision their righteous robe and how they feel. Some envision different colors. Red, purple, and white are the most popular colors. They might describe different fabrics: silk or velvet or trimmed in fur. Some explain they feel peaceful, empowered or loved.

Can you sense your robe around you? You received this robe as a free gift. You don’t even have to pay five dollars a week on lay-away for it. It’s already yours.

Kathy Collard Miller is the author of more than 55 books including God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’s Nature. A popular women’s speaker, she has spoken in more than 30 US states and 9 foreign countries. Visit her website and blog at On Facebook,


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