Thursday, October 27th, 2011
The Right Clothes (Part 2, Conclusion)
And why are you worried about clothing?
Matthew 6:28 (NAS)
Most people spend a lot of time, energy, and money on clothes. We eagerly commit to research: in reading (magazines and catalogues), in the field (people-watching and window-shopping), and in the marketplace (trying on and comparisons). Then, we buy.
With determination and daily regularity, we dress ourselves for all the auditions, performances, and occasions of our lives.
Some of us have the gift of garb! We have a knack for wearing the right thing, and we enjoy being admired. Kids look even cuter; teens exude the cool factor; well-dressed adults enjoy the benefits of status.
Our fascination with apparel hasn't changed much in 2000 years. Even Jesus teaches wardrobe planning. God dresses His creations with unmatched magnificence. 'Yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself' like God's creations (v.29).
God understands our desire to have on the right clothes; 'Your heavenly Father knows that you need them' (v.32).
Here's the catch: they must not be the first thing we seek. 'Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you' (v.33). Therefore, spend more time seeking the Righteous God than the right outfit. Reach for a Bible instead of a catalogue. Go churching instead of shopping. Enter your closet to pray before you enter it to dress.
Only then will you have on the right clothes before Him, and His Eyes are the only eyes that matter: 'Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience' (Colossians 3:12).
Our finest clothes are 'filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6) without the righteousness of Christ. The evidence of our right dressing will be the behavior that covers us far more effectively than clothing.