Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Isaiah 61 (Part 11)
Dressed For Success
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,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
As the church of God, we are betrothed to Jesus Christ. Even now, God prepares a banquet for our Face-to-face union. In The Parable of the Wedding Feast (see Matthew 22:1-14), The Parable of the Great Supper (see Luke 14:15-24), and The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13), Jesus talks about readiness. Consider one essential detail:
We must dress for success. God doesn't skimp on wardrobe. For instance, He designed the elaborate clothing of Aaron, the priest, 'For glory and for beauty' (Exodus 28:2).*
Of note: Clothing and behavior are linked in Scripture. Job says, 'I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban' (Job 29:14). Mordecai put on 'Sackcloth and ashes... He cried out loud with a bitter cry' (Esther 4:1). Esther 'Put on her royal robes' (Esther 5:1) to plead with the king. Paul counseled new Christians to 'Put on the armor of light' (Romans 13:12).
King David says of his enemy: 'He clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, so let it enter his body like water' (Psalm 109:18). In other words, what we wear and how we act transform us--for better or for worse.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, God clothes you like royalty. He dresses you for success. By putting on Christ (see Galatians 3:27), you look the way He acts and you act the way He looks--radiant, brilliant and attractive. It's not a sin. In fact, it is essential to your success in the entertainment industry.
Can you please the King of kings and the kings of bling? Yes! While you dress by His standards, be mindful of theirs. God sends you into the culture of Hollywood to shine for Him. He will help you bring new meaning to the phrase, 'fashion forward.'
To Be Continued...
*Artist's Image of Aaron's Garments of Beauty: http://sickleoftruth.com/Garments/Garments1.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Isaiah 61 series.