Most days, most of us pay some attention to what we wear, the clothes we put on when we get up to face the day ahead. I tend to always wear a touch of blue, mint or teal every day, as those are my favorite colors.
Isn’t there to be more than that for us each day? More than coordinating our shoes to our purses, our ties to our shoes and belt? Beyond what we all see on the surface? Deeper than our feelings of love for a piece of jewelry we were given by our spouse or children?
Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:14
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27
First and foremost, we are to clothe ourselves with His Presence.
Each day, every moment. Inviting Him to draw so near, we can sense Him all around and within us. Closer than an intimate embrace, as close to our humanity as is spiritually possible, as only God can do!
For visual sake only, think of this as our intimate apparel we are to wear each day.
Put on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 (click the link to read all these verses)
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 3:12
Just as the warrior prepares for battle, whether on the battle or sport fields, we are to put on our protective gear each day. So that we can stand firm against enemy assaults, covered with His armor.
When you read these verses, it becomes clear that God literally wants us to imagine putting this armor on, and put our faith in Him as our Protector.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24
Part of what we need to be intentional about putting on is how God sees us now. Righteous, holy, made in His likeness. This means taking a moment every day to filter our view of ourselves through God’s eyes.
This reminds me to take a shower before getting dressed! 🙂
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... Colossians 3:12-13
Over top of His Presence close to us, and His armor on us, we are meant to clothe ourselves with His attributes. So people will know we are His, and we will treat one another as His, with His gentleness, compassion, kindness, humility, and patience.
I look at this as our regular clothing, our tops, skirts, pants, sweaters and socks.
Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. Job 40:10
Over all of this comes the best part of all, next to God with us, His Presence. We are to adorn ourselves with His loveliness. His majesty, glory and splendor with confident dignity as His beloved.
I like to think of adornment as the jewelry which puts the finishing touches to our daily outfits.
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. 2 Corinthians 2:15
When we put on His Presence, wear His armor and clothing, our lives produce a beautiful, pleasing fragrance for God to enjoy.
May we take the time to dress with Him every morning, before we put on the roles or begin the work awaiting us each day.