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DRESSING FOR GOD
By Stan L. Caldwell

What Does God think I received this picture on a note from one of the girls taking the correspondence course, Josephine Porter. I thought it was cute but more importantly it sets out a principle that I think is important for us to receive. For whom do we dress?

I. Many dress for self. Perhaps in some ways we all do this. We like to be comfortable in our dress. We hopefully dress appropriately one way to sweat working in the yard and another way to go to our place of employment and perhaps even another to go to worship God. I remember Joseph being called to come before Pharaoh to interpret his dream. Joseph dressed one way in the prison dungeon but before going in to Pharaoh he shaved himself and changed his raiment, Gen 41:14. We might seek to show more respect to God in worship than we would to Pharaoh. This might be seen in the way we dress.

II. Many dress for showing off to others. The scribes and Pharisees in the first century did this. Jesus talked of their dress saying, “all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments”, Matt 23:5. Jesus was not complimenting them but condemning them. Nine-tenths of our problems with dress are attitudes. If we can decide for whom we are dressing our dress will be fitting to that one.

III. Many dress to attract the opposite sex. This can be fine if you are dressing for your husband or wife in the privacy of your home. Many couples might do well to dress more attractively for their mate. 1 Cor. 7 talks of the physical closeness that married couples are to have and this might be enhanced if we did not take our mate for granted and dressing for them might be a good thing and help them to love us even more. But often we dress as evidently Herodias’ daughter dressed to attract the men, Matthew 14:6. Herod and his men were certainly attracted. Dancing and dressing like this both go hand in hand. Vashti refused to dress provocatively in the first chapter of Esther and we praise her for her modesty. The Bible speaks of the attire of a harlot, Gen. 38:24 and Prov. 7:10. Shorts, halters, short skirts, tight and low cut clothing should give you the picture. The world loves it but is this the way you want to dress? Hollywood is filled with this type dress. We see far too much of this on TV and it rubs off in what the stores sell. Do you seek to appeal to the baser nature of men by the clothing you put on?

IV. Let us make sure we dress for God. 1 Tim 2:9-10 instructs us, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” This sums up this article. Who are you seeking to please in life? When you look in your mirror after dressing ask yourself, what does God think?

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