All dressed up.

ImageIt’s Sunday. Time to put on our best clothes and head to the church meeting. At least that is the most common tradition…

But I have begun to really think about it; why do people dress up for church? Or I should ask, why would I dress up for church? Is God really impressed with our clothing? We say that we do it out of respect for Him, for the event, or for the special day. But He is always with us, and I imagine that if He is not offended by my Monday clothing, neither will He be impressed with my Sunday outfit.

I guess that lately I have been meditating more and more on the fact that I am always in His presence, whether I am conscious of it or not. And also, that Sunday is not a special “holy” day, but that my work is holy too. In fact, I probably have more opportunity to make a difference for the Kingdom of God from Monday to Saturday than I do on Sunday.

So about the dressing up… I would hope that people don’t consider a church meeting to be some sort of fashion show. But it does sometimes really look like many want to attract attention by the way they look. I try to dress in a way that expresses how I feel about myself, rather than what would impress others. Sometimes that means a little dressy (but not too much) but normally I’m pretty casual and comfortable.

I really don’t like to put too much emphasis on my clothing. But does God have anything to say about what we wear, to meet as a church or the rest of the time?

If our clothing does reveal our attitudes, God does have a lot to say about those. We must not be vain, competitive, or think more highly of ourselves than we ought. So here are a few articles that I need to make sure to keep in my soul’s wardrobe:

  • clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14)
  • clothe yourselves with humility (1 Peter 5:5)
  • clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Col. 3:12)

So, if you want to dress up on Sunday that’s fine with me, but I know that if my physical apparel ever hinders me from wearing these things, it’s time for me to change clothes.