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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 18, 2010 - Dressed for Success?

By Jerry Scott

My choice of clothing doesn’t really change me, but how I am dressed most certainly affects the way other people respond to me. Yesterday, I had on grey dress pants and a black shirt. David, a boy in sixth grade, asked, “Do you have a funeral today, Pastor?” He took a cue from my attire. Today, I’m wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. Do you think he will ask the same question? Of course not.

Our society is very informal, having largely abandoned dress codes. But still, our dress sends signals about our status, wealth and occupation. Sometimes those signals are accurate, and sometimes people are just playing “dress up” trying to create an image that is at odds with their reality.

The issue that really matters is how you dress your spirit. Some live in the filthy rags of sinfulness despite being offered a suit finely tailored just for them by the Master. How about you? The Bible urges us, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NIV). Again, we are told to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). The word in the original text of the NT that is translated “put on” was a word that would have been used for sliding into a shirt or a robe.

Make no mistake about true holiness. Action on our part is demanded. Clothing can temporarily conceal the truth. Anyone can buy a uniform and look like a soldier, but only hard training creates a real Marine. It is possible to hang out with genuine disciples and learn enough of the Christian lifestyle to adopt a mannerism that conceals an unchanged heart. That’s not the appeal of the Word. The instruction here is that we take steps to make sure we are living the reality of our calling, that our lives are dressed appropriately in the character of Jesus Christ. In the Book of the Revelation, the Lord tells a lukewarm, unholy church to get dressed! “I counsel you to buy from me ... white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness” (Revelation 3:18, NIV).

Are you dressed for success, as a Christian? Are you putting on the righteousness of Christ, inviting the Holy Spirit to scrub away the filth of hatred, unforgiveness, greed and sensuality so that the beauty of your salvation can shine through? Do you wear the suit provided by your Heavenly Father in a way that lets others know to whom you belong?

Here’s a word from the Word. Ponder the promise today and wear it.

“I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations” (Isaiah 61:10,11, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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