My little one is a girly girl through and through. She loves dresses. She loves makeup and high heeled shoes. She loves purses and perfume.
Many days if you stopped by our house, you would find her in a dress-- two sizes too big, with a Joker-style, crimson lipstick stain across her face, raccoon eyes from eye shadow, clacking around in my heels.
As she models her new look before me, a little giggle always escapes, but I quickly sober as I watch on because spiritually, I see myself much like my daughter looks.
Too often I feel like I’m trying too hard in oversized clothing, clacking around in too big heels.
I feel like I am not mature enough or know enough to talk to people about Jesus even though my make-up says otherwise.
Too often I feel like I am playing dress-up in Christian clothes, for a world that is watching on, as I model in the front of the great big throne of our perfect Savior.
Friend, the problem with spiritual dress-up is that our efforts to try to make ourselves “fit”… to be enough, to measure up, unfortunately only covers up that which He wants to change in us.
We not only fool ourselves, but we unknowingly forfeit opportunities for spiritual growth.
It is not by covering ourselves with dress-up “Christian religious ideals,” but by clothing ourselves with Jesus that He accomplishes His purpose in us, so He can accomplish His plan through us.
Sisters, we can count it joy that it is in our hardships, in the midst of our uncertainty, and in our weaknesses and failures, not in our pretenses, that Christ is glorified, and it is in the midst of those weaknesses where our transformation occurs.
We can be encouraged that “… He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you” (Phil. 1:16 Amp).
Ladies, it’s time that we stop playing dress-up and clothe ourselves in Christ by allowing the Spirit to change us interiorly so that we give the world an attractive witness of love, joy, and compassion, exteriorly.
Today, let’s ask our Father to reveal the spiritual condition of our hearts. Then let’s be intentional about clothing ourselves in Christ. It is only then that we can grow into who He has created us to be.
Word of the Day:
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
Father, I thank you for your consuming love. I thank you for seeing me as I am and still loving me. Today Lord, I ask that you search me and reveal the spiritual condition of my heart. I ask that you reveal each area that I am dressing up and pretending before you, that you may instead clothe me in Christ, changing me from the inside out, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.