Hanging in the restaurant window was this sign: “No shirt, No shoes, No service”. This is just one reminder that our society does have certain dress codes in place. Schools, businesses, clubs and social events, are all places where you may find a dress code. If you go on a cruise, if you are involved in a wedding, or if you enter certain restaurants you will have to face a written or unwritten standard for the kind of clothes you are to wear. Some organizations even require a uniform for those who serve with them. You may not agree with the kind of clothes you have to wear or not wear but certain dress codes are here to stay.
Did you know that God has a dress code? Those who are followers of Christ are told there are certain type of behaviors we are not to wear and there are certain character traits that we are to put on. Col. 3:12-14 lists the wardrobe of a well-dressed Christian: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection”. God calls us the elect of God, holy and beloved. We as His special people should represent in a positive way the One who saved us from our sins. We need to act like, speak like and love like true disciples of Jesus. As we begin to put on this spiritual wardrobe we will notice that we are beginning to look more and more like Jesus.
A soldier wears a uniform, a judge wears a robe, and a waitress wears an apron. These are the appropriate attire for their chosen profession. We who have professed faith in Christ are to follow the dress code of Christlikeness. A holy life is the most beautiful garment we could ever wear.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation