Have you ever considered that you can worship God through what you wear? Sounds crazy right! Like how do I know which outfit pleases the Lord? Or, is he displeased when I’m praying to Him in my dressing gown? I mean the mind can boggle with the craziest of thoughts around this concept, however when the bible references to someone’s clothing or what people were wearing it is often to show us something much more meaningful than their wardrobe selection that day.
In biblical culture your clothes spoke a great deal about WHO you were. Your status, position, title or job was made known by the clothes you wore.
Beggars wore a certain robe or sash and the same went for the blind people too and the colour of clothing worn depicted your class in society, poor, working-class or wealthy.
Now Proverbs 31 speaks of a woman dressed in fine linen and purple gowns, bible scholars inform us that the colour purple carried a great deal of prestige. It was the most expensive dye known to the ancient Israelites. The people who wore it were nobles or royals or high-ranking officials, it was a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
In the same way clothes spoke about status in this biblical culture, there are things we wear today that speak about who we are, though these things are not visible to the eye we wear them loud and clear, they are called our ‘moods’ ‘attitudes’ ‘character-traits’ ‘disposition’ ‘temperament’ and ‘feelings’
People see what you wear and what you wear speaks of who you are;
So, how should you dress?
Well, your character carries an unseen colour;
Have you ever been around anyone who has a ‘BLACK mood’ on them? Or when someone is sad we say they look BLUE, or the colour of someone in love is RED and someone who is uplifting and happy all the time- just seem to carry the full set of rainbow colours!
Well when you know WHO you are because of WHO’S you are, your character should be the carrier of the colour purple;
So may I remind you just who you are…..
A daughter of the king – Galatians 3;6
A God-fearing woman – Proverbs 31:30
Redeemed – Ephesians 1;7
Loved – Isaiah 43:3
Beautiful – Psalm 139: 13-16
Worth more than rubies – Proverbs 31:10
Worth more than make-up and clothes – 1 Peter 3: 3-4
Favoured – Proverbs 8:35
Dignified – Proverbs 22:11
Victorious – Philippians 4:13
Transformed – Romans 12:2
When queen Esther went to see the king and plead for the freedom of the Jewish nation, the king was not expecting to see her, in fact, anyone who went before the king without a royal invite was sentenced to immediate death.
Esther was taking a chance, Esther was risking her life, but I believe Esther was smart and I imagine she would have thought to herself ‘If I can just attract the king’s attention, then he will listen to me.’
Esther 2:13, ‘When it was time for her to go to the king’s palace, she was given her choice of whatever clothing or jewellery she wanted to take from the harem.’
I could imagine Esther to have not only looked stunningly beautiful but I think she would have chosen a purple garment made of fine linen so that when she entered the Kings quarters his attention would have immediately been on the fact she was adorned in royal colours, wearing a high-ranking prestigious dress, with the appearance of a woman of virtue and authority, carrying dignity & humility and he would know ….. this one has right standing to be in my presence, this one has my attention.
I often ponder on that story, was it Esther? Or was it what she was wearing that day that won her a place in the kings heart?
To every beautiful princess reading this devotional, you will always have God’s undivided attention on your life when you purposefully dress to impress the king.
Everyday, you get to choose what you wear in the natural and in the same way your clothes don’t jump out the wardrobe and onto your body, but rather you have to select what you’re wearing and actively put it on – the same goes for your soul.
You choose your mood each day rather than the mood choosing you; you decide what’s going to be seen by others and how you’ll wear it.
Colossians 3:14, And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. Its your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.