Dress For Success

Text: “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: My justice was as a robe and a
diadem” (Job 29:14 NASB).

The book, “Dress For Success,” was written as a guideline for proper attire,
especially when one is interviewing for a job or wanting to make a proper
impression as an ambassador for an employer. The idea is to always be respectably
presentable in the eyes of others. Sadly, as the book suggests, “Most Americans
dress for failure.”

God has a book which deals with many things, including how His children should
dress, both literally and spiritually. First, God wants us to clothe ourselves
in a respectful manner, in public. After all, we are representing Him.

God is not concerned with whether one wears a $500 suit or $50 jeans. Nor is
He concerned with how we dress when it comes to fashion or style. What He
is concerned with is that we dress modestly. “Likewise, I want women to adorn
themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair
and gold or pearls or costly garments” (I Tim. 2:9).

This verse, in principle, applies to men as well as women.

But, what is modest? One writer says, “If a woman’s heart is inclined toward
godliness, she will wear clothing that is neither provocative nor revealing in
public, clothing that does not reflect negatively upon her personal testimony
as a child of God.”

This includes such things as slits, low cuts, short shorts etc. I know that this
goes against the idea of “keeping in style,” thus choices must be made. Will one
dress to bring God’s approval? Or will one dress for man’s approval and in a way
that presents a negative testimony toward God?

Secondly, God is concerned with our spiritual dress.

“And put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and
holiness of truth” (Eph. 4:24). The NIV says, “clothe yourselves with the new
nature, which was created according to God’s image in righteousness and true
holiness.”

If we will clothe ourselves in righteousness, both our spiritual attire and our
physical attire will merit God’s approval.

Satan will try to confuse our thinking. He will tempt us to follow the current
acceptable styles as approved by man. The question is, “Shall we strive to
please God or man?”

Whether it is literal or spiritual attire may we determine, in our hearts,
that we will dress for spiritual success for God.

Are you dressing for spiritual success, or spiritual failure?

Hymn: “Beautiful Robes Of White”

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we ask for wisdom and understanding of Your will
for both spiritual and physical attire and for the courage and strength to do
that which pleases You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, Il.
racrgc@aol.com