Who Are You Wearing?

By Linda Tancs

When a celebrity-driven event takes place, everyone wants to know what the glitterati are wearing. That’s nothing new. It’s been taking place for centuries, even among the lower classes. In Tudor England, you could “read” a lot about a person based on their livery, a special uniform worn by a servant. The term comes from liberatio robarum (the giving of robes), as clothes (robes) were given from a master to a servant to wear. Liveries bestowed a certain group identity among the wearers and distinguished high servants from low servants.

In a spiritual sense, our special uniform is the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). By agreeing to wear it, we define our relationship with Him. Our livery reminds us Who we serve and sets us apart from imposters, wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15-20). Are you wearing the right robes?

A Common Enemy

By Linda Tancs

Many times a crime story will relate that the victim has no enemies. In everyday life (the visible world), that may be true of some folks. But in the invisible world we all have a common enemy—the devil. He prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). His influence manifests in evil, anger, resentment, inferiority, superiority and pride, to name a few things.

How do you defeat this enemy? By putting on God’s armor, spiritual clothing designed to thwart the wiles of the adversary (Ephesians 6:13-18). That includes shoes of peace (walking in peace), a belt of truth (living in the truth of Scripture), the sword of the Spirit (speaking the Word), the breastplate of righteousness (knowing who you are in Christ) and the shield of faith (believing God’s Word). Above all, pray, and you’ll yield a God-given harvest of love, compassion, hope and faith. And that gives you the power to overcome evil doings (1 John 5:4).

What’s in Your Closet?

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.