Who Are You Wearing?
"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh" Romans 13:14
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" Colossians 3:12
"Who are you wearing?" Have you ever watched an awards show and heard that question repeated to every passing celeb on the red carpet? It is meant to be a sort of pre show advertisement for designers and it works. Sales spike in the wake of these televised fashion parades as many believe the wordly ideal that ensures us the right outfit will buy us a better life, after all, the star looks amazing and happy...right?
Haven't we all thought at one time or another that if our appearance were changed –less, more, taller, shorter, color, shape...we would feel and look different, others would notice, our life would improve, and all problems would dissappear? It never really works out that way long term. The changes that last are those made internally. We are made new as believers –made alive in Christ, daughters of The King, with new tuned hearts, filled with the Holy Spirit, possessing the knowledge of the Gospel, radiating the light of God's glory, image bearers reflecting our Lord and when we are clothed with Jesus it shows. Greater than designer duds or flashy accesories is the cloak of our Saviour. Draped in Jesus our focus shifts and changes follow. So let's ask ourselves, "Who are you wearing?" We might be surprised by the answer.
The following article by Irene Sun examines how our appearance reflects our heart:
Sin and idolatry proceed from my heart. My defiled heart desires clothes for my own comfort, my own glory, for my own honor, for my name’s sake. I can be covered from head to toe and still be defiled. I can be wearing locally made, fair-trade, recycled clothes—and still be defiled. Modest dresses can be stained with pride and self-righteousness. Environmentally conscious, budget-friendly fashion can reek of greed and jealousy.
The Lord's instruction with regard to how we dress goes beyond what we wear. He is looking at the desires and intentions of our hearts. Therefore, living out a biblical understanding of how to dress does not begin with what we wear, but why we wear what we wear...
To read the article in its entirety, please click here: The Gospel on Our Sleeves | The Gospel Coalition
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