Wearing Bible Clothes
Finding clothes in a magazine or a catalogue is one thing, but have you ever found clothes in the Bible that God expects you to wear?
Have you paused at your closet door to scan your clothing options for the day, breathing out a bit of a sigh: “What will I wear today?” or “What will I put on?”
We make our choice for the day, check it for wrinkles, put it on, look in the mirror and then head out. Some clothes look better on us than others. We feel comfortable in them and we ‘think’ we look not-too-bad. We strut out the door, believing we look pretty decent and together, maybe even cool or classy – if that’s what the occasion demands. Every mirror we pass we grab another look. We feel good because we think we look good. Our confidence level is high. We meet and greet people with more gusto. Our actions and reactions have more life to them – we have more energy. Our posture, even the way we fold our arms or position our head changes when we know we look good!
One of the items in the Bible’s wardrobe is a must for you to wear every day. God wants you to wear an apron today – in the house and out of the house! Maybe you’re not into aprons! It doesn’t matter. God wants you to wear one anyway.
“ Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another,
for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
(1Peter 5:5 ESV)
Clothing ourselves with humility simply means (in the original language) we are to wear the apron of humility, modesty, lowliness and service. Burned into the Apostle Peter’s mind was the scene of his Lord, wrapping a towel around his waist and crouching to wash his dusty and tired feet. (John 13)
I am to wear the apron every day – it is the badge of a servant. Someone once said: “If I were to pick out two phrases necessary for spiritual growth, I would pick out these: ‘I don’t know’ and ‘I am sorry.’ And both phrases are the evidences of deep humility.”
You can tell someone who has ‘the apron’ on. They are modest – not cocky. Humble – not proud. Meek – not domineering. Self-effacing – not arrogant. Reserved – not mouthy. Peaceful – not troublesome. They take the low place. They gravitate to the small tasks others wouldn’t bother doing or are too good to do. They pay attention to those who are snubbed by others. They don’t push themselves out into the limelight. They prefer the shadows. They aren’t looking for opportunities to be noticed. No, they are wearing the apron.
Wearing the apron is the spiritual outcome of consistently spending private time with Christ. The degree to which I am enjoying Christ is the degree to which ‘the apron’ will be obvious in my life. You get like the company you keep. The apron automatically appears on those who are following the Master closely.
When my attitude or words show that the apron is not tied around my waist there is only one straightforward explanation for it: I have not been with the Master enough.
How do I spend time with Christ? Quietly reading my Bible contemplatively, and praying, praising and worshipping in my private corner. Regardless of what clothes we enjoy wearing, there is nothing the Lord likes better than to see us wearing the apron.
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.
Warmly in Christ