CLOTHING CHANGES HOW YOU LOOK AND LOOK-LIKE
Gal 3:26 — Gal 3:28
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Clothing has a very powerful effect on the person who dresses and those who look at him/her. Clothing can give self-confidence and clothing can lower self esteem. If you attended a meeting and everyone was dressed formally except you, how you look at things in that meeting will change. Everyone who looks at your slightly longer, will seem to you like they are concerned about your clothing. Clothing changes how you look at things. Clothing also gives people an impression about you, it affects how you look like. Clothing may make you seem careless, important, rich, poor, sexually liberal, etc. Clothing affects how you look at things and how you look like to others. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
We are free to dress the way we want. But we have no freedom to change the impact of how we dress. Those in employment care about how they dress at work. Some jobs require uniforms, some require formal and some require semi-formal dressing. Those going for business deals, care about how they dress, to ensure they correctly influence the business in their favour. Those sporting care about their clothing. Those in factories with dangerously turning machinery are sensitive to their dressing. Those working in construction sites are careful with their clothing. While public figures like politicians have expensive pyjamas, they only present themselves to us in formal clothing, even on social media, to ensure they correctly influence us. Muslims are careful on how they dress. Buddhist monks are identifiable by their dressing. Everyone seems concerned with the impact and influence of their dressing. Shouldn’t the christian care about their dressing? Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Our text today tells us that by conversion to Jesus we are dressed in Christ. By being baptised we become clothed in Christ. We are wearing Jesus Christ. Clothes are what people first see when they see us. If we are clothed in Christ, people will first see our Christ-likeness. Therefore our other clothings must not interfere with visibility of Christ whom we wore at baptism. Our clothing should enable those who see us, to first and above all else, see Christ. That is why a christian’s dressing must not stand out as being too backward or too current to an extent that we focus on the dress and not the person. Moderation is key. Backward dressing in archaic fashions is a disgrace to the course of Christ. It is not associated with humility or durable material. When dressing is too current, we are awed by the fashion and the person, it becomes the blinding light. Anyone dressed in Christ must be sensitive about their clothing, so that Christ remains visible. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Our text today further lets us know that because of our dressing, we must look at people differently. Because we are dressed in Christ, we no longer see people as Jews, Gentiles, Male, female, free and slaves. The effect of wearing Christ affects how we look at people. We look at everyone as a child of God with equal standing before God. If you are still sensitive to races and tribes of people you live with, work with and worship with, you are not dressed in Christ. Anyone who is baptised and clothed in Christ, doesn’t see people in such a divisive manner. If you are still sensitive on how many people of the other tribe and race have been given this or that position, or privilege. If you are still sensitive on what men and women should do for God, yet you are not God. You need to check your clothing. Those are not concerns of those dressed in Christ. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Our text also tells us that when we clothe ourselves in Christ, we will look different. We who used to look distinctly Jewish, or distinctly gentile, are now distinctly Christ-like. We who were keen on emphasising our masculinity or defending our feminism, are now much more interested in projecting Christ-likeness. While we remain male and female, what strikes people first, is our commitment to Jesus and not our gender. If people still see our race, tribe and gender, we need to pray for a total dressing in Christ, so that people see Christ first and above all else. If people still see our race, tribe and gender, they could be the problem, but we need to examine ourselves, lest we be the problem. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Do you wish to change the way you look at things and the way you look-like before the world? Dress in Christ. Dressing in Christ will affect your character and attitude. Dressing in Christ will affect how you deal with people and react to them. Further more dressing in Christ will change your wardrobe and what you select for which occasion. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Clothing gives the first impression. You don’t have a second chance to make the first impression. May Christ in you and me, be the first impression when people see us or see our videos and pictures on social media. Clothing changes how you look and look-like!
Dear God forgive us for the wrong impression we have created by our dressing. Dress us in Christ. Provide resources and wisdom required for us to change our wardrobe. Help us to look at people not in their race, tribe and gender, but how you look at them. Help us to be more like Jesus in character and dress. In Jesus name, Amen!