Updated: Apr 3, 2019
If I told you I could send you the latest fashions straight off the runaway for just a dollar would you quickly give me your shipping address and four quarters? Of course! Anyone would! It seems ridiculous to pay thousands of dollars for a bag or a dress shirt that loses its value as soon as it's worn but millions of people do it daily. We don't purchase these items for the necessity of clothing ourselves, but we invest in the vision of designers and succumbing to those price tags tells those designers that we believe their gifts are worth it. As believers, we are to clothe ourselves with righteousness, peace, and love (Colossians 3:14). How much more so should the children of God invest in godly attire?
Any guilty person caught in the act of their mischief gives a quick rebuttal of, "It's not what it looks like." They are trying to assure the witnessing party that their eyes are simply fooling them. When the world looks at us as vessels of God's glory, we want to assure them that "It's exactly what it looks like!" In this world of darkness, we are called to be light, dressed in garments of praise, and to walk by faith not by sight. The world believes what it sees, what does it see when it looks at the body of Christ? Do the garments we wear show the Kingdom of God?
In the history of our world's kingdoms treason resulted in death. The attempt to overthrow a king could get the accused and their family beheaded. Why would such a grand king or queen be threatened by menial plans to overthrow such great power? Anyone who isn't for their reign, who wavers in their allegiance is considered an enemy, there is no middle ground. Sons and daughters of God are to, with love, apply the same rule. We cannot be like the world because it's systems are contrary to God (Romans 8:7). When the world throws its harsh critiques at the church they do so not understanding the fierceness of our pledge to a King who at Calvary sealed our worth by dying a horrible a death.
Materialism is a power that effects our economy and even the health of our planet as "stuff" is thrown away carelessly to make room for new trends. The world clothes itself in the shiny and new as believers clothe themselves in humility and service. The fastest cars, most expensive jewelry, and biggest houses draw attention to the owner, but we, in our obedience to our King's principles, draw the attention to Him. It seems almost unbelievable to live our lives submitted to God while everyone else is serving themselves, and yet we do so out of love and the promise of eternity with Him. While the world's garments are decomposing in a landfill our kingdom clothes are representing an eternal kingdom.
Believers can dress, drive and live in opulence but it's with the understanding that God provides the blessings. Our confidence is not in our material possessions but in the treasures we store in heaven. Only what we do for Christ will last (1 Corinthians 15:58). We wear garments far more valuable than anything off the most expensive fashion runways because when we wear our kingdom clothes to display the King we serve, it draws the world to God so they too can receive the promise of an eternity with Him.