Sometime last week, I went to the gym for a while before spending time with my fiancé. I did my workout, hit the showers and started getting ready to meet Jonas. I put on the outfit I planned to wear and stood in front of a mirror. I was not feeling it. The way the sweater fell was not flattering and I didn’t look my best. Luckily, I had packed another outfit just in case a scenario like this should arise. Problem solved.
Now, not too long before that, I went through the process of buying my wedding gown. Eeeeek!!!!!! A few of my best friends and myself went together and it was a magical day. The experience was everything I could have hoped for. Although I found a few dresses that I thought were nice, when it was “the one,” I definitely knew. Standing in front of the full-length mirror I felt like the most gorgeous woman on the planet. The dress hugged me in all the right places and I became so excited, anticipating the day that my soon to be husband would get to see me in all my bridal glory.
Reflecting on both of these scenarios, God has highlighted something to me. So much of how we look and feel has to do with put we put on. There are some outfits that do me no justice and there are others that accentuate my God given beauty. There are things I have no business wearing and things that feel like the designer made it with me in mind.
Spiritually, there is a similar principle at work. So much of how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us has to do with what we put on. Check out the following words from Colossians 3:12-14:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Simply put there are some mindsets and attitudes that just don’t look good on you. You were never meant to wear bitterness, envy, insecurity, worry, doubt, fear, etc. Those things do nothing to reflect the unique beauty that you were created with. When you put on love (including love for yourself!), humility, faith, confidence in God and his promises, security and trust, it’s a whole different ballgame. Strut your stuff. These things allow for your true identity and beauty to shine forth. They allow us to see ourselves the way God sees us and makes a place for joy to bubble up in us and spill out into all areas of our lives.
The wedding dress…is not unique to me. We were all made for a wedding gown. In Isaiah 62:5, it says, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” All throughout scripture, we as believers are referred to as the bride of Christ. In Ephesians 5:25, it says that Christ “loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.”
Precious daughters of God, this is how he sees you. Holy. Clean. Glorious. Flawless. And He rejoices over you. Put aside the clothes that are ill-fitting and put on the bridal attire that you were designed and created for.