Open heaven December 1, 2019
Topic: How A Christian should be dressed
Memory verse: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…Ephesians 4:24
Open Heavens Bible Reading: Colossians 3:5-12
The term ‘put on’ in today’s memory verse is an instruction that is widely used in the bible to mean ‘be dressed up’. God’s word command all obedient children of God to be dressed up in certain ways spiritually and physically (Ephesians 6:11, 1 peter 3:3). Modesty and purity are the hallmarks of our cultural heritage as Christians, and we are to protect the heritage in this world of sin and godlessness. Therefore, children of God are to ensure that modesty and purity are reflected in their physical appearance and spiritual lives.
I strongly believe that a person is usually addressed the way he or she is dressed. Moses was mistaken for an Egyptian because of the way he was dressed (Exodus 2:19-21). If you dress like a prostitute, you will be addressed as a prostitute (proverb 7:10). If you dress like a hoodlum, you will be taken for one. Some good Christian choose to dress in ways that do not align with modesty and purity, and when others advise them to change their ways, they argue that a person’s preferred manner of dressing cannot in any way nullify their status as born again Christians. The truth of the matter is, it is one thing to be born again and another thing to submit to the authority of God through total obedience to His commandment. 1 John 2:3-4 says:
“And hereby we do know that we don’t know him, if we keep his
his commandment. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not
his commandment, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
The hallmark of a Christian is total compliance with God’s word. Many unbelievers are contending with God intentionally by refusing to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior, but some Christian are unintentionally contending with God out of sheer ignorance. Those who claim to be born again Christians but are yet living in apparent disobedience to God’s word are in effect resisting or contending with Him. Romans 13:2 says:
“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that
resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
It is foolish for anyone to contend with the Almighty God (Isaiah 45:9), as this is an exercise in futility that is bound to end in failure, disappointment and eternal regret. I pray that you will yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit today as He speaks to you on the need to change your mode of dressing to comply with God’s standard in Jesus’ Name.
Always judge your motive and ask the opinion of the Holy Spirit before choosing what to wear. Open Heavens Online(Opens in a new browser tab)
Sing hymn 5
Open Heavens Bible in one year: Psalms 57-63, Micah 5:7-6:8
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.