God Sees Beauty – Not Clothes

“Hmm…let’s see…what shall I wear today?”

I don’t know how many times I’ve spoken these words while peering into the closet at hangers stuffed with clothes. It isn’t uncommon for me to spend several minutes each morning trying to decide what to wear.

During these instances, I never considered the time spent on the process. Deciding what to wear is only one part of it. There is also shopping for clothes, trying on clothes, and buying clothes. Sometimes this can consume a whole afternoon!

So, what drives us to stuff our closet with clothes?
And what’s the big deal anyway?

The world of advertising influences our shopping habits and places a huge emphasis on our appearance. Millions of dollars are spent each year on fashion; all revolving around our looking good. Yet, is this really important to God?

Jesus speaks to the crowds about this very topic in Matthew when he draws their attention to the lilies of the field. The lily’s natural beauty far outshines even Solomon in all his splendor.

 

Not long ago, a pastor friend of mine got me thinking about the whole clothes dilemma when he wrote in a devotion… If I am serious about overcoming the world in the area of fashion, I will stop trying to receive pleasure from my clothing purchases and begin to see them instead as performing a necessary function…

It all comes down to a matter of mindset. If I change my view of clothes as a functionality instead of a status symbol, I’ll spend less time getting dressed and shopping which frees up more time to spend with God.

God desires our time spent with him. He doesn’t care about our outward appearance but looks at our inner beauty instead. In God’s eyes, we are beautifully dressed no matter what wear.

So, what do you say? Will the ‘fashionista’ in you decide it’s time to revamp your closet?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are…” (Matthew 6:28-29, NLT)

Prayer:   Dear God, help us remember that appearance means nothing in Your eyes. I pray You will reveal to us the inner beauty You see. Help us remember we are beautiful because You created us that way. I pray in Jesus’ precious name, Amen

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS:  How do you view clothes? Is what you wear and how you look important?