10 ways your clothes reveal your heart at church

October 22, 2017 by  
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Pieces of life are unlocked in the dimly-lit atmosphere of worship. What we notice when we gaze around the surrounding crowd is part of God’s message. He places us in a church family purposely. The one Sunday of fifty-two that we choose to come to church doesn’t catch Him by surprise at all. The Creator of time doesn’t waste a minute.

What we stand to gain by noticing those around us is a better understanding of who He is. Without a single spoken word, the unique beauty of every human being tells a story that has the power to stand out and affect ours. The challenge that awaits us each time we walk through our church doors is to gaze into a broader picture of who we all are, as we worship and absorb God’s Word together.

1. Hats

“So the Jews were taken and tied up so quickly that they were still wearing the clothes they had on when they arrived—pants, cloaks, hats, and all“ (Daniel 3:21). King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow to him, his statue, or his gods, in haste. He didn’t care what they were wearing when he threw them in, nor do I think he focused on what they were wearing as they walked miraculously out of the flames …with the image of a fourth person in tow.

No one knows when Jesus will return, and I doubt he’ll be taking accounts of who’s wearing hats in the sanctuary. This Old Testament story shows us that Christ doesn’t require us to follow a dress code to qualify for a miracle.

2. Tattoos

“Trust in the Lord with al your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his wil in al you do, and he wil show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

An inked arm raised in worship is a sign of victory. He’s after every heart, and will redirect every willing soul He died to save. We would all live the above verse out in perfection if it was possible, but it’s not. Each flawed, “so that no one can boast,” struggle and suffering bonds humanity together.

For those who seek Christ’s strength and healing, and others who He’s pulled through the darkness, ink offers a permanent visual of hope. What we choose to wear permanently tells a part of our story. Whether visible or not, we all wear life’s scars on our skin.

3. Soles

“For shoes, put on the peace that comes fom the Good News so that you wil be fuly prepared” (Ephesians 6:15, NLT).

Whether we choose sneaks, flops or heals, most days we put shoes on before leaving the house. Ephesians 6:15 calls us to put on the gospel of Peace. It’s a choice, just like determining whether it’s appropriate to walk out into life barefoot. Most of the time, this isn’t a smart choice. Even the beach can yield shards of glass that haven’t had enough time to roll around in the surf to smooth the edges.

Laced up shoes reflect a sense of security and cautions. High heals stand a little taller and stronger. Boots protect from the wet and winter chill. The importance is to pull a pair on and go. God’s Peace cushions our step, helps us walk a little taller, and protects us from the jagged shards we walk on to get to Him.

4. Layers

Layers signify preparation. Ready for whether the AC is blaring or the heat is cranked; the chill awaiting the walk to the car or the hot flash that rears it’s ugly head mid-song.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God speaks His Word to us in layers. The same verse has the capability to speak to us in times of suffering and blessing. Layers remind us what our hearts are made of: layers of His love.

5. Mascots

There always has to be that someone that wears a Steelers jersey to church amidst the hundreds of grieving Browns fans. It also flattens the divide between rivals to worship the same God together. It may be just about sports, but what happens on the field and through fans has the ability to transcend the game.

“If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?” (Matthew 5:47).

Remembering who Jesus befriended causes us to extend friendship in the same direction He did—to everybody, and especially in His house.

6. Screens

We’re all accessorized with a screen, and sitting down in a church that welcomes the “check-in” is a good sign of relevant reach.

The Bible says, “They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world” (John 17:16, NET),  but we do undeniably live in it.

Checking into church is a way to reach out. It’s a telling sign that amidst all of the other important things worth posting in life, what we choose to do on Sunday is one of them.

7. Concealer

One can tell a lot about a woman that didn’t even have time to swipe concealer under her eyes before leaving the house. A plethora of tearful moments might have her reeling in pain, doing everything it took just to stand in healing worship. Those are the people God puts in our line of focus to rally around in silent prayer, a shoulderplaced hand, or an understanding glance or a compassionate hug.

“The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged” (Psalm 34:18).

There are moments laced within every season of suffering when we are an arm’s length away from giving up. God promises to be near to the brokenhearted, and we are His arms of embraced hope.

8. Mugs

One hand up and the other clutching java. Millennials wear it as an accessory. Parents of young children depend on it to hold their eyelids open. Whichever end of the spectrum we land on, there’s no denying that coffee has become a love language in this country. Parents stand on common grounds knowing they aren’t the only ones being propped up by ground beans.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and al the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Handing a hurried parent a cup of coffee as they rush from dropping their kids off to catch the last worship song is encouragement. Coffee, togetherness? Don’t put anything past our great God.

9. Piercings

New trends are shocking to old minds. Some new trends are shocking to what seems to be just about every mind. But if we all look back upon our own streaks of rebellion, we can not only sympathize with piercings that catch our glance down the row, but also feel a hint of understanding.

“There is a time for everything …” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

But no one is privy to when. It’s easy to quickly judge generations and choices, but it’s not our duty. The one thing we can be certain about time is that it’s fleeting, and our time to love on people in the name of Jesus is limited.

10. Color Coordinated

There is a certain glory we give to God when we take the time to coordinate ourselves to stand in His presence. They are the ones who seem comfortable in their own skin, because they’ve dedicated every square inch of it to Christ. A matching outfit or ironed shirt isn’t required to enter the presence of God. Scuffed shoes and an unshaven face are equally loved by God.

It’s not about being loved more or feeling worthy. We know we are loved and we know He calls us worthy; In fact, He calls us friends. Dressing to impress Jesus doesn’t “impress” Him, but it’s an OK way to give Him glory. He deserves our praise …our best effort. Coming from the self-proclaimed favorite himself, John reminds,

“I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

– cross walk

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One Response to “10 ways your clothes reveal your heart at church”
  1. Denis Khan says:

    ‘The man and his wife were both naked; yet they felt no shame.’ – (Genesis2:25). Sadly, we have desacralized the human form. The decadence of our effete morality, leads us further into depravity; the devolving aesthetic reveals the graph of the human condition. That is why Jesus Commanded us, ‘ … I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ – (Matthew 5:28)

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