What Are You Wearing?

Posted on Apr 16 , 2014 in Life Lessons & Salvation

What Are You Wearing?

© By Brad L Hodges

Galatians 3:26-27
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

According to Statistic Brain the fashion industry has an annual global revenue of 1.2 trillion dollars ($1,200,000,000,000). Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/fashion-industry-statistics/.

That figure is staggering. To say the world, in general, is well clothed, is an understatement. The statistic verification (Source: OTEXA, D&B Hoovers, ITMF Date Verified: 7.27.2013) for the above figure went on to say:

“Fashion is a general term for a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. The fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the mid-19th century, most clothing was custom made. The fashion industry consists of four levels: the production of raw materials, principally fibers and textiles but also leather and fur; the production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers, contractors, and others; retail sales; and various forms of advertising and promotion.”

Of course clothing oneself is a necessity in its basic form to protect us from the elements, ensure modesty in public and present ourselves, in most cases, in a positive light to others.

But obviously fashion goes far beyond those basic forms and evolves into obsession when you consider the mind-boggling amounts of money being spent on it.

Sadly, and alarmingly, humanity does not clothe themselves spiritually in kind. According to an April 2013 survey (source: The Barna Group conducted “The State of the Bible 2013” study for American Bible Society, using 1,005 telephone interviews and 1,078 online surveys with a margin of error for the combined data of plus or minus 2 percentage points.):

88 percent of respondents said they own a Bible, 80 percent think the Bible is sacred, 61 percent wish they read the Bible more, and the average household has 4.4 Bibles.

That may sound good but in the survey if they do read it, the majority (57 percent) only read their Bibles four times a year or less. Only 26 percent of Americans said they read their Bible on a regular basis (four or more times a week).

If the majority of people who own a Bible only read it four times a year or less that is like having a closet full of the finest fashion and only wearing a third of it annually.

In other words you can have all the clothing, both physically and spiritually, you want, but if you don’t wear it what good is it doing?

Of course naked into the world we came and naked from the world we will go, so all that money spent on high fashion cannot be brought with us when we die. But clothing of the spirit, as long as you have accepted and are wearing the garment of salvation given by Jesus Christ when he died on the cross for the sins of mankind, will follow you after death on earth and be worn for eternity in heaven.

What glorious fashion we will be wearing when we come before God if we clothe ourselves with Christ!

Humans are so concerned with the material matters of the flesh, obviously and especially when it comes to fashion, that they forget to dress up the spirit which is what is presented before God. A filthy, ragged and neglected raiment covering the spirit is no way to show yourself to the God of the universe:

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:14 (NIV).

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 1 Peter 3:3 (NIV).

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand; therefore it is time to dress ourselves. Observe what we must put off; clothes worn in the night. Cast off the sinful works of darkness. Observe what we must put on; how we should dress our souls. Put on the armor of light.” – Matthew Henry.

What are you wearing? Are you dressing for the flesh or for the spirit? Which will follow you into eternity?

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