God gives us a dress code in the Bible. It’s one that does not come easily to many of us, and this is not because we lack the proper dress shoes or a matching tie. It is an effort to follow it, a commitment to doing life God’s way.
Someone recently told me about a church that requires the wearing of a suit for men and a dress for women. There’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose, unless the church rejects people that seek God but are not dressed by their criteria. I understand that some people feel that it’s about respect; however, honoring God involves something greater and more sacrificial than wearing the right outfit for church.
Loving God involves loving people. Accepting people. People that cannot afford to buy special clothes to wear to a church service. People that are searching for God, wanting to know about Him, and maybe they have tattoes, body piercings or their hairstyle is a pink mohawk. God loves them as much as He loves us. He wants us to accept these people He loves.
God’s dress code is about the heart. What matters is that our behavior, character, thoughts, and the way we treat others reflect our love for God. 1 John 5:3 says: This is love for God; to obey His commands, and His commands are not burdensome.
The perfect wardrobe, or “Sunday best” in God’s eyes is described in Colossians 3:12 –
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
And then there’s Ephesians 6:13-17, which tells us to wear the full armor of God, representing righteousness, truth, peace, salvation, resisting evil, faith, and the Word of God. I plan to use the full verse in my next post, so I’ll not include it here.
Let’s “wear our Sunday best” every day.