Dressed For Success
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
~ Colossians 3:2
When my husband would go for a job interview, he would always take time to pick out his clothing, to dress the part. He was told later, as a hiring manager himself, that part of the interview was how the candidate presented themselves in their appearance: were they neatly put together, were they clean, were they wearing job specific clothing, did they make a good first impression?
Christians also need to be aware of their appearance as a representation of Jesus Christ. I am not talking about an outward appearance, but an inward one. Paul has much to say about clothing in Colossians and Ephesians.
When we get up in the morning, do we take just a moment to acknowledge just who gave us this day? Do we take time to read a scripture, or say a quick prayer? Do we realize that our outward appearance, is not lasting, but our inward spirit is what gains eternal value? That’s why it is so important, to set our minds on things from above, as opposed to temporal things here on earth.
When we put on our pants, we need to remember, to put on mercy and kindness for the day. When we pull our shirt over our head, we need to remember gentleness and patience. When we slide our belt through the loops, we must remember truthfulness. When we slip socks on our feet, we should remember to slip on humility. Our shoes should remind us to walk out the door, spreading the gospel of peace.
When we take one last look in the mirror, do we see our coat of faith, our hat of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God? Is everything bound together in perfect harmony by His love, through us? When we walk out the door, people are interviewing us, to see if they even want to consider Christ. We must remember the grace God bestowed to us, is the same grace clothing we should don.
Take time to read Colossians 3:12-14 and Ephesians 6:14-17 to get some guidance. When you follow these instructions, you will be a well put together Christian; dressed for success.
Dear Father, Help me each day to dress for success; showing your love, mercy and peace. In Christ I pray, Amen.
~ Jenny Calvert