Thursday, April 8, 2010

designer clothing

Here I sit at the Miami International Airport on a 3 hour layover waiting for my next flight out to Curacao (an island in the Netherland Antilles near Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea). While waiting, I decide to do one of my favorite things to pass the time… I watch people.

Sitting beside me is a middle aged European couple. The woman is garbed in Tommy Hillfinger flip flops, Calvin Klein blue jeans, a Gucci belt, a pink Juicy Couture t-shirt and next to her sits a sizeable Louis Vuitton handbag. The man traveling with her wears a team promoting rugby shirt, Guess jeans, Tommy Bahama shoes (I think), and sports a very fancy timepiece on his wrist. If you only took a passing glance at this couple, you wouldn’t give a second thought to their casual attire. But under closer inspection, it is evident that these two are dressed to the nines in expensive designer clothing pieces. And they aren’t the only ones.

As I scan the area around me, most of the travelers I notice are clothed in some form of wearable advertisement for a product, brand, sports team, political view, military division or country... some more obvious than others. (A group of men just walked by who look like they belong in a hip-hop music video.)

To be fair, I decide to take a look at myself to see if my appearance promotes someone or something… if I display any particular form of style. And then it hits me… there is a lesson in this. For artistically, whom do I really promote when you take time out to look at me in a spiritual fashion? What impression do I portray while jouryneying past others in this life? Do I showcase the talent, precision and flair of a Designer, a Creator, a Stylist, an Architect whose skills are supreme? And while wearing His handywork, do others naturally desire His elegance when they recognize Him on me? Are they eager to clothe themselves with His goods… to seek after His coverings?

Do I appear polished, wealthy, successful - with a presence that illuminates His richness and glory? Or do I seem tired, defeated, poor in spirit? Worse yet, do I accessorize myself cheaply with flashy, counterfeit forgeries only to later realize that I ended up losing more when I bought into them? For the quality of those knock-offs do not endure… their attributes do not hold up. I would have done better to invest in the real deal. For the original Designer took great care to engineer the finest pieces. He attended to every intricate detail to insure quality. Sure, His exalted wardrobe seems extreme at first… but His worth promises to advance my own value. His ways clothe me in guaranteed rewards beyond measure. My Almighty Designer promises an ideal fit because He is tailored to meet my every need.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." (Mark 5:27-28) 

Ladies, today I challenge you to consider all this. Think about what you are spiritually wearing - what knock offs you are still promoting. Consider if others passing by you see the elegance, worth and glory of Jesus when they look at your divine wardrobe? Is it obvious to see that you are clothed in the grace of the Savior... that you have invested in wearing His attire... that His goods are the real deal and soooo worth it!  Would others desire Him when they glance in your direction?  Really, what Designer are you showing with your life, ladies?  If it is Jesus, are you representing and wearing Him well or casually mixing Him with other gods, idols and beliefs?  

Please think about it.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17)

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:14)

Blessings!
Blog Posting Written By Victoria Anderson

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