Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Acting School (Part 26)
Dressing For Success
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth...
Ephesians 6:13-14 (NKJV)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.
Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
Ask any fashionista. Clothes have power.
Most of us would not leave home without certain wardrobe essentials, like underwear. Nor would we go to a prom in pajamas, a ballgame in a tuxedo or a business meeting in a clown suit. We wouldn't perform an operation in garden gloves or till the soil with surgical scissors. We want to dress for success.
Ask the woman with the issue of blood. Clothes have power. 'For she said to herself, 'If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well' ' (Matthew 9:21)--and she was.
So why do Christians walk around in diapers, or worse yet--naked? Spiritually speaking, we must dress for success in two ways:
1) We must be dressed to meet the King of kings in the 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10), which faith in Jesus Christ provides. 'I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed' (Revelation 3:18).
Pretenders will be uncovered: ' 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless' (Matthew 22:12).
2) We must be dressed to meet 'The ruler of the world' (John 14:30) in the Armor of God, because he seeks to steal our witness--which is our fruit. Although Jesus won the war, most people don't know it, and they don't know Him. For them, life and death are at stake. They live in ignorance: confused, war-torn and weary.
Our mission is to reach them and teach them: to cover them, because 'Love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8). Unless we sit around like well-fed babies in church Pampers, we must grow up. We must go into a world controlled by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). We must be prepared to fight.
Because we have been commissioned as soldiers in the army of Jesus Christ. To move forward in hostile territory, we must dress well:
To the King of kings, we look clean, because He cleaned us. To the kings of entertainment, we look cool, because they expect it. To the king of darkness, we look frightening, because we're wearing the armor of God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.