Dressed to the Nines (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 304)
Romans 13:14a (NLT)
…Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ…
Walk into any grocery store, beauty shop, or even a doctor’s office and you will be bombarded with magazine after magazine revealing society’s obsession with fashion. We love to focus on how we look especially on the outside. Many of us spend hours each day getting dressed because we want to give off a certain impression to the people we’re around.
It doesn’t hurt to look your best but God is equally as concerned about fashion and looks as we are. As the Creator of the universe and of everyone in it, he wants us to look our very best in each area of our lives, not just externally but most importantly internally. Because of that, he has called us to dress ourselves in the most beautiful piece of clothing ever: Jesus Christ.
You see we can easily deceive ourselves and deceive others by looking like we have it all together because of the clothes we wear, but inwardly we are falling apart. Your life is held together not by your material possessions or your outward beauty but by God himself. He takes us as we are and makes everything new in our lives. And to put on Christ means that we reflect his grace, love, and eternal compassion in our lives to the world.
The next time you get dressed consciously put on Christ first. His thread can’t be seen or touched, but you will know when you are living in Christ and he is living in you. Instead of hoping people see you, let people see the glory of God through you. Let his joy, peace, and hope come through your life. You don’t have to make a statement because God can make the greatest statement if you allow him to.
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
— Ezra Taft Benson