I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness...
...Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:14
Dress For Success -- Clothes Make The Man -- The Devil Wears Prada -- and so on. Clothing has expanded far beyond simple coverings, a la fig leaves and animal skins. In some circles, you ARE your clothing. Two Scriptural references to clothing above: God clothes his man/woman with a robe of righteousness. Paul exhorts Roman Christ-followers, and us, to eschew the "clothing" of a party lifestyle and instead put on Christ himself. Check out this below, adapted from Real Life Magazine:
The size of the market for athleisure—a coinage officially adopted into Merriam-Webster's lexicon this April—grew five percent each year between 2009 and 2014, from $54 billion to $68 billion. The trend accounted for nearly all growth in the apparel, footwear, and accessories sector during this period. People in American cities were wearing [fancy athletic clothing with brand names like] Lululemon, Lucy, and Lorna Jane; Gap Body, Athleta, and Nike everywhere, including to the office.
According to an article in the New York Times, the market may hit and exceed $100 billion soon. But there's a strange twist in this growth of athleisure. Most people are just wearing it, not actually working out in it. The same article continues, "For many wearers, the athletic part of athleisure remains aspirational. [For example], sales of yoga clothes increased 10 times as much as [actual] participation in yoga classes over the 2009 to 2014 span." Apparently we like the workout look; we just don't like the workout lifestyle or the workout practices.
Ouch, that may resonate with many of us. Who doesn't like Jesus? However, putting him on, aka adopting his lifestyle, is very different from just using his name. The Psalmist described the reigning Lord as clothed in strength: The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved Psalm 93:1. Additional "put-ons" in the New Testament: We are told to:
Put on the armor of light -- Romans 13;12
For as many of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ -- Galatians 3:27
Put on the new self -- Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10
Put on the whole armor of God -- Ephesians 6:11
Put on...compassion, patience, humility, gentleness, and meekness -- Colossians 3:12
Put on love which binds them all together Colossians 3:14
Having put on the breastplate of faith and love -- 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Not just a cliche: You and I may be the only "Jesus" seen today by those in our paths -- at school, work, traveling, neighborhood, home -- I want to wear my best today, don't you? Fully clothed so as to re - present Jesus to my culture, in desperate need of Him.
Gettin' dressed for work, Perry Floyd