By Linda Tancs

What’s in your closet? Are you addicted to labels? Armani. Coach. Chanel. Brooks Brothers. Do you judge yourself by the labels you wear? Do you judge others by their labels?

It’s all about “image.” But the only image that matters is the extent to which we mirror God’s image. The Bible uses garment imagery to great effect on this point. Isaiah 61:10 speaks of garments of salvation and robes of righteousness, attributes so considerable that they conjure the rich adornments of a bride and bridegroom. Similarly, Paul spoke to the Ephesians about wearing the armor of God to fight against evil: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the sword of the Spirit and shoes of peace (Ephesians 6:10-18). What is the fruit of this wardrobe? Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-7). In short, the treasure of a good foundation (1 Timothy 6:17-19).


What does your suit say about you? Do you clothe yourself with wickedness (Psalm 109:18-19) or righteousness? Maybe it’s time to clean out your closet.

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