WHO ARE YOU WEARING?
As an actress walks down the red carpet at an important event, one common question asked by reporters is “Who are you wearing tonight?” In the world of Hollywood, the name of your designer means something and who you are wearing is just as important as what you are wearing. Even in the every day world, your brand of clothing means something to many people who pride themselves on the labels they wear.
If you are a Christian, you wear a much more important label. Christians wear the name of Christ, and this “label” should be just as obvious to others around you as the label stitched to the back of your jeans.
When a model walks the runway at a fashion show, she must put on the clothes created by a certain designer and in so doing, she represents that designer. When you are baptized into Christ, you put on Christ (Galatians 3:27). The name “Christian” is not a label to be worn only on Sunday mornings or only with certain groups of friends. When we put on Christ, we represent Him in every area of our lives – in what we wear, what we say, and where we go.
If we allow Christ to clothe us, we will have garments of salvation and robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). Salvation and righteousness are certainly labels we should be proud to wear and to share with those around us.
As you go through your daily life, you may wear the names of many different designers and you may feel a certain amount of pride when someone notices the name on the buckle of your handbag. But the physical garments we wear, regardless of the brand, will someday fade, tear or go out of style as worldly things tend to do.
Instead of collecting more name-brand treasures to lay up upon this earth, let us clothe ourselves with the salvation found in Christ and lay up our treasures in Heaven. For as Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
By Valerie Enoch
Originally printed in the Winter 2009 issue