Dressing in Style

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

While strutting down New York City’s Broadway in his typical garb of a white three-piece suit, Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man.”  The range of today’s fashion conversation is conveyed by these typical American comments: Dress for success.  Dress to express yourself.  Dress codes.  No Dress codes.  Casual Dress.  Formal Dress.  Semi-Casual Dress.  Wear whatever you want.  This is what I am wearing.  I don’t care what you wear.

“Wear your Sunday best” is another common expression which at its best means to wear what will best enable you to worship God, engage spiritually with people, study the Scriptures, pray, serve, laugh & sing the faith.  Sunday is not a fashion show to impress or not impress people by what we do or do not wear.  Sunday is a fashion event to see more clearly how God is dressing us to live throughout the week.

The Apostle Paul explains how this works through a scene he saw everyday while being under house arrest in Rome.  Persecuted as a businessman (Paul was a tentmaker) for his calling of good works to share the gospel with Gentiles, Paul was arrested unjustly.  A soldier stood guard over him while he awaited his trial in the Empire’s capitol.

The guard’s armor did not intimidate Paul or trick him into envy.  Instead, the physical sight of the soldier’s armor revealed to Paul the armor with which God equips every believer.  This inside-out way of living is:

Salvation as the helmet which signifies the mind of Christ at work in us; Righteousness as the breastplate of Christlike character; Truth as the belt which keeps us balanced in our unbalanced world; The Spirit of God’s Word as the sword which gives us the insights & language to speak with our lives live against evil; Gospel of Peace as the peaceful warrior’s footwear to travel in a world at war to deliver the Prince of Peace’s terms of peace.  This is the Sunday best we are to wear every day.

God dresses and equips us to win.  After changing us from the inside out, God provides us with what we need to live successfully.  Success defined by God’s terms – faithfully being who He creates us to be and faithfully doing what He calls us to do.  We are saved by grace . . . We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works …”

The same gracious love by which seekers become believers empowers us to do the good works He has prepared for us to do in His strength.

Pastor Les Hollon

 

“No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.”
-John Calvin

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 29 March, 2009 in Gratitude, Spirituality
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