“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; Luke 15: 22
Fashion! We hear about the latest trend, fabric, shoe, hairstyle, makeup and jewelry on a daily basis. The fashion world itself goes head over heels during fashion week! People you don’t see all year come out to be seen. Kind of reminds you of church on Easter and Christmas doesn’t it? But I asked myself while looking at one of my favorite magazines and reflecting on those instances I started to think, are we being fashioned and if so what for? I mean we have the ability to purchase the latest of everything, but what are we truly being fashioned for? Our lives as Christians is a process where we don’t need the latest fashion to show how priceless and in the know we are.
We know the story of the prodigal son and how he was in such a hurry to gain his riches that he ended up in rags in order to appreciate what he had. He even ate with pigs and yearned for a crust of bread. Even in his prepared speech of forgiveness, he could have not been prepared for the greeting he would receive from his father. To be donned in the best robe and jewelry, and eat the best of the livestock (Luke 15 story of the Prodigal Son). Moses, who as an infant had no idea of the fate that awaited him being placed in a basket and found near the palace only to be donned in royal attire and given the finest. One act of the heart cost him all of that and he returned to the existence he never knew only to gain more than he had before in God (Book of Exodus). There is Joseph. A young man that knew the love of a wonderful man, his father, who loved him enough to give him a beautiful coat. His brothers however despised this love and wanted him gone. Deceit filled his story but Joseph gained going to Egypt. He was despised again by Potiphar’s wife because he would not look at her in the way she wanted. Stripped of his finery and tossed again into darkness only to be lifted again and to a position that was higher than before to be reunited with family (Genesis 37-50). Even the priests in the day wore a very detailed garment to be endowed with a breastplate of the finest jewels representing the 12 tribes of Israel (Exodus 28). These fine jewels were placed near to the heart for a reason. God sees us as precious. We are the treasure most precious that we are represented by jewels that are hard to come by. We are represented by what is closest to Gods heart.
Through these actions and many more in the bible, God fashioned many for his purpose and plan. Those plans still ring true in this day. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20 and 1 Cor 3: 16-17). What we take in is just as important as who we worship (1 Cor 10:31; Rom 12:1-2 and Mat 6:22). What we consider important to have is also just as important as who we have it with (1 John 2:15-17). What we wear must be considered also as we represent a higher purpose and calling (1 Cor 15:44 and 1 Tim 2:9) Knowing that God made us and knows us should trigger us to take care of what has been given to us (Ps 139: 13-18 and Ps 100:3) As we go through this life we are preparing for a different type of clothing, covering if you will (1 Peter 1:13 and 1 Cor 12:13)
All will be revealed in the day of the Lords coming when we will wear what money can’t buy, a critic cannot critique and no one will be jealous of what the other has on. We will be too busy praising Him who made us and placed us above the animals and the fish of the earth. We will understand that our relationship with Him is the most important thing in our lives. We will know that we are loved for who we are and not what we wear! Hallelujah!
Are you being fashioned?