Proper Dress

Titus 2:9-10Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

We all represent someone or something.

I will reflect on my parents ability to raise good children by how I speak and act when I am out in public. I represent my company when amidst those who see me in that capacity. It is discernable by how we dress; how we talk; or with whom we spend our time.

To say I am a Christian is not how the Bible tells us we should be identified.

Acts 11:26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

It was not by self-identification, but by the observation of their behavior that they were seen as being like that One called Jesus Christ.

By definition, to adorn is to display the beauty or excellence of something or someone. Just as we would adorn ourselves with the way we arrange our hair or by the clothes we wear, we can also adorn by our words or our actions.

We, who name the name of Jesus Christ, adorn the truth of Who it is we represent by our words and our actions. If I say that I am a Christian and act contrary to that which I declare to be, I bring doubt and reflect poorly on the One with whom I have chosen to associate.

Our adorning ought to be that which allows God to reveal Himself through me. If I try to do that which I am commanded in the flesh (live soberly, speak well, be holy not soon angry, live peaceably with all men…) and fail, it reflects badly on the One with whom I am associated. But, and if God is allowed, through the Holy Spirit, to live His life through me; then others will see the fruit of the Spirit and say, “That reminds me of that Jesus of whom they speak…”

Being Christlike or Christian is impossible to accomplish through my own will, through forcing my actions to be like His. To conform, or try to take on the form of Jesus Christ, is what religion teaches. We will all fail miserably at some point.

Romans 12:1-2I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Transformation can only take place at salvation. It is where God literally moves in and takes up residence in me. Then He, through the Holy Spirit can live out His life through me.

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Living by faith. Trusting that God will change my speech, my behavior, my dress and my friends takes a yielding of my spirit to His. We often hold to our old nature because it is familiar to us and to live godly is not. God would never command us to do something that He would not enable or empower us to do.

That fear will only disappear when we are dead to our own will and way. When what I want and what God wants conflict; I must make a choice. As a purchased possession of the Lord Jesus Christ, the choice has already been made. I am His and He is mine.

The world needs to see Christ. We are called to reveal Him and be His witnesses to a lost and dying world.

As this world looks to this season of Christmas, we are given a wonderful opportunity to tell any who will listen just how to have the peace with which we are dressed; the love that we show and the mercy we give. Ask God for the opportunity and boldness to tell any and all who will listen!

 

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