Monday, July 29, 2013

What Do You Put On for Church?

How many times have you gotten dressed up for church? For most of my life Sunday mornings were at least semi-hectic because I was looking for something nice to wear. Then, as a pastor, I had to wear a suit.

I've heard it said on multiple occasions that we should give God our best on Sundays, and this includes our clothes. This may sound nice, but the reality is that is has no biblical basis. God doesn't care what we put on (concerning clothing) when we get together as long as we are appropriately modest. That said, does God care at all what we put on? Yes, in fact, he does. As we gather as the body, and any time for that matter, God's desire is the following:

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:12-14

These verses describe not only God's desire for us but also his expectation. We truly should look different from the world. The look described here is not one of physical appearance but rather attitude and action. We are to treat one another with great grace. When we do, body meetings are a blessed occasion. When we live out these verses in front of the world, the world takes notice. This may earn us an ear for a gospel presentation.

God cares what we put on. Ultimately what we put on is a heart issue. Only a life lived for Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit can look like what Paul describes above. Let's all put on the things that God cares about.

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