Appropriately Attired

Thursday, April 14, 2022
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Uniforms were required in the Christian school that my boys attended. They looked smart in their navy-blue dress pants and vests, crisp white shirts, navy socks, and black shoes. School uniforms were part of their training to grow in the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. With everyone neat and tidy and dressed in the same way, students could focus on their school work without the distraction of competing with each other in the clothes that they wore. A teacher-colleague of mine told me that if students appeared at school without a uniform or part of a uniform, she would send them home to wait until the laundry was done. This was feasible, as the school was on a Bible college campus where the children's parents attended, and where many of us lived.

Women used to wear hats to church. I don't think any woman would be turned away for not wearing a hat in those days, but not wearing a hat just wasn't done. I remember how special it was one Easter when my mother bought me a beautiful straw hat to wear to the family service.

Several places in the Bible mention inappropriate attire.

Matthew 22:11-12 – But when the king came in to see the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed [appropriately] in wedding clothes, and he said, "Friend, how did you come in here without wearing the wedding clothes [that were provided for you]?" And the man was speechless and without excuse. (AMP)

Matthew 27:27-31 – Some of the governor's soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, "Hail! King of the Jews!" And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. (NLT)

Jesus endured the total shame and humiliation of being stripped for all to see, being mocked, and suffering a cruel death on the cross, as payment for our sins. As believers, we trade the dirty rags of our unrighteousness for the robe of His righteousness, the wedding garment that He has provided for us, appropriate for the marriage supper of the Lamb. What a reason for joy at this Easter season!

Isaiah 61:10 – I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels. (NLT)

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for providing us with the appropriate clothing to wear — the robe of Your righteousness — so that we may attend the wedding feast to which You have so graciously invited us. Thank You for enduring humiliation for us, so that we can be part of Your kingdom forever! In Your precious name, we pray. Amen.

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Alice Burnett <terrencera.burnett@gmail.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Alice.


    Thank you, Alice, for a wonderful Easter devotion.
    Enjoy a blessed Easter!


    Very beautiful and touching message Alice.
    Blessings,
    (QC)


    Thank you, Alice, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. I so remember keeping new attire for Sunday best clothes! Blessings.


    Greetings Alice and many thanks for another very interesting and informative devotional today. Very heart-breaking thinking back on the physical attacks our Lord endured for us on His way to the cross. Blessings for your special and very mindful writings.


    Hi Alice,
    You are safely home, I trust.
    Your devotional reminded me of my growing up days. We lived in New York for a time and the Easter Parade, regardless of the reasons for it, was quite special. Last night at choir practice our director said that we would wear our robes for Maundy Thursday service tonight, but on Easter Day we should wear our most joyous clothes! Indeed!
    Thanks for writing with your wonderful thoughts.


    Thank you, Alice, for this inspiring devotion. I believe that how we dress speaks about who we are especially when we come into the presence of God. Not that God accepts us any more readily if we are dressed to the nines or not. But I cringe and feel saddened when I see Ministers and Pastors leading worship in jeans and a shirt with its tails hanging out. We are called to dress as if at the wedding banquet.
    What a great message for us today!
    May God bless you with joy and delight this Easter.


    Thank you for today’s devotional Alice.
    You’re right, back in my day, women wore hats, and in any Roman Catholic Church, they were not allowed to enter church without their head covered with something… even if it was just a handkerchief.
    When we went to the Vatican on tour in 2006, that rule was still in effect, and there was a person at the entrance with a square of fabric that could be folded into a triangle that every female had to put on their head before entering, then give it to another person who received them at the exit.
    May the Blessings of Easter be with you and your loved ones.

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