What is the Christian Dress Code?
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:12-14
I’ve had a dress code in every job of my career. It’s usual for employers to set standards and expectations for their employees. It’s part of the image of the company, the brand, the product, etc. Uniforms make it easy to distinguish who is an employee and who is not.
Christians need to look different than the world. This is not about a physical uniform, other than respectful modesty before God, but this is about the spiritual uniform. And how do people see our spiritual clothes? They see it through the way we deal with one another, both inside and outside of the church.
All day long we act and react.
Some days are smooth sailing, and some days we feel like we fight an uphill battle the whole way. And some people are just plain aggravating.
But every day we still should put on our uniform. And every day we work to make sure our uniform is in the best condition it can be.
Longsuffering (patience) looking a little tattered? Let’s patch that up with some prayer and perspective. Humility needing some polish? Ok, let’s spend some time reading about what Jesus did in humbling Himself to save us.
We are saved in Christ. It is a privilege to be called a Christian, to belong to Him and to follow Him.
We have an example in Christ as One who perfectly demonstrated the correct things to put on. His example of love is our constant goal. When we put on the things He showed us to, we reflect His light into the world, and show clearly to Whom we belong.