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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



Greenhouses And Salvation

Ponder: Grace, Faith, an Obedience – how are they related?

Today’s Bible Verse:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith . . .” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV).

Why is a greenhouse full of light? One answers, “Because it is made of glass.” Another replies, “Because the sun is shining.” The two answers are not contradictory; they simply approach the question from different angles. Cover the glass, and the greenhouse will be dark even at high noon; but at midnight the greenhouse will be dark no matter how much glass it has.

What saves sinners? One answers, “God’s grace.” Another replies, “We’re saved by faith.” A third says, “We must obey the gospel to be saved.” All three are correct. The ultimate source of salvation is God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8). But the sunshine of God’s grace radiates through the glass of trusting obedience (Mark 16:16; Hebrews 5:9). Sadly, multitudes of sincere people utterly reject the third answer (obedience), mistakenly thinking that it contradicts the first two (grace and faith).

In particular, most religious people reject the necessity of baptism for salvation. Erroneously viewing baptism as a work of merit, they think it detracts from God’s grace. Baptism, however, is like the glass in a greenhouse. It does not, of itself, provide salvation. Without God’s grace and your trust in Jesus, you could be immersed until you wrinkled up like a prune, but you would remain utterly lost. On the other hand, God ordained believer’s baptism as one of the conditions for receiving His grace. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter said baptism is “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), and that it saves us (1 Peter 3:21).

Is baptism a “sacrament” that produces salvation? Absolutely not! Nor does glass originate light. ‘But glass is still necessary for the greenhouse to be illuminated. And baptism is still necessary for sinners to receive God’s gracious gift of eternal life.

Let’s teach and practice the truth about the most important question of all: “What must I do to be saved?”

Song: “Trust and Obey”

Prayer: Father in heaven, we praise and thank You for Your rich grace poured out upon us through Jesus Christ. We pray for those who have not yet accessed Your grace through faith and obedience. Help us to reach them before it is eternally too late. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Joe Slater (Justin, TX)

slater194@yahoo.com



At Jesus’ Feet

Martha “had a sister called Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus listening to what he said” (Lk. 10:39).
Twice in Luke’s Gospel we read this expression, “sitting at the feet of Jesus” (Lk. 8:35; 10:39). This expression illustrates the place of nearness, the place of instruction and the place of safety.
 
It is at the feet of Jesus that all of us should be found.  He said in Matt. 11:29, “learn of me.”  What better place to learn of this perfect man?
 
Someone might reply, “How can I sit at Jesus’ feet when He had been removed corporally?”  It is true, heaven received Him out of the sight of man (Acts 1:9), but He is with us in the Spirit.  Before His ascension, He promised, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).
On earth, we have His house (1 Tim. 3:15), His word (Jn 17:17; 14:16-17), and His Spirit (Acts 2:38).  He said that where two or three are gathered in His name (Matt. 18:20), He would be there.  Therefore, we can sit at His feet.
 
Jesus wants us there to learn of Him, but He will not send a truant officer to compel us to be in attendance.
 
Paul simply put it this way, “I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” *Phil. 3:8).
Song:  “Jesus Is Lord”
 
Mighty Father, thank You for sending Your Son whose wisdom is greater than Solomon, and yea greater than any that has ever lived for He is equal to You!  May we understand that true wisdom is found in Jesus, and we pray that we will thirst for His guidance.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.  (rr)
 

Hugh Shira (Deceased)

Used by permission.