Choosing what to wear each day is a choice.
We all get to make it. For business, perhaps a suit. Jeans to work in the yard, and a swimsuit for a day at the beach.
To wear the wrong thing sends a message that we don’t have it together. We are not on par with the “best” people. We have yet to “figure out” what society’s expectations are.
Flip-flops with a business suit? Not okay.
Sunglasses in church? Toss them away.
Fancy-dress shoes to mow the lawn? What were you thinking?
Yet Christians do this all the time. We dress for success in Jesus and listen to an off-color joke. Or we shortchange the waiter. Or we cut someone off in traffic.
It’s not the same, you say. Not true. Our clothes are how we present ourselves to the world. If a teacher shows up in a speckled painter’s jumper, where’s the professionalism? If a farmer wears designer jewelry and fashionable wingtips, how will he portray his skill in the field?
If a Christian stops for a drink at the bar, what does the world read into our commitment to Jesus?
Here are five passages from Psalms that tell us how we can put on our robe of righteousness.
Psalm 84:11 tells us:
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Psalm 34:10 says:
“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
Psalm 58:11 reminds us:
“Mankind will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.’ ”
Psalm 5:12 promises:
“For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.”
Psalm 23:6 offers us focus:
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
To sum it up:
- We must live by God’s standards.
- We must study the Word.
- We must slice all wrongdoing from our day.
- We must depend on God for our strength.
- We must trust in God to bless us in all things.
God wants us to be consistent, to be true to his rulebook, to follow the precepts set out in the Bible.
It’s not hard. As Harold Herring of the Debt Free Army says, “Read the Bible. Do what it says.”
We are dressed in Christ when we follow the Word.
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