Do clothes make the man?

We all like nice clothes.  At least I think we all do.  You know the deal, make a trip to Kohls(my personal favorite), find those perfect new threads, and head out the door feeling that you’ve accomplished something great.  Now, before I start, let me say that there is nothing wrong with buying new clothes.  Nothing at all.  God gave you the job, funds and ability to buy the clothes so be grateful.  It’s all good. 🙂

But, do clothes make the man?  Unfortunately we live in a world where the outward appearance is the first point we are judged on.   Is the outward appearance a true indicator of the condition of the heart?  The answer is obviously no.  But we don’t have God’s eyes by nature.  As fallen people we look first at the outward appearance, and then, if we can get by the outward, we start to look at the inside.  I think this is not God’s plan.  I think we have it backwards most of the time.

1 Peter 3:3 says this: “3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

We should strive to look at the inside first.  We should be praying for God to let us see through his eyes and not our own.  If we look at a homeless person through God’s eyes, we will no longer see a homeless person.  We will see one of God’s creation that needs some help.  A person made in God’s image that is just like us.  The only real difference being that they need someone who will be the hands and feet of Jesus at the moment.

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One thought on “Do clothes make the man?

  1. Our homeless guy asked me to cut his mid-back length hair so that he wouldn’t be judged so harshly. Since he is blackfoot Indian, it was a sad experience for him. He felt people should understand his tradition of long hair. But, I told him that he was out of his element and most people in this yuppy community would be reluctant to hire him.

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