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Dressed To Impress

If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve probably heard the saying, “Dress to Impress.” We all know what that means: you fix yourself up specifically to impress people. If your appearance is really displaying your true self — great — if it isn’t, well…you were told to “impress.”

Before, this expression pertained to secular matters: people going to clubs, perhaps a party, or some other form of it. But now-a-days, this expression has been adapted by the church. You know, those people who are shouting and praising God on Sundays, the people who when you are down and out are always giving you a scripture to read — church people. You see them every Sunday: they sit in the pews, in the church seats every week, but when Friday night comes they’ve transformed. They are in the clubs, getting drunk, and mixing themselves with the world so much you cannot see Jesus inside of them.

I am not here to judge, that is never my responsibility. I am saying that some people, some Christians, are “dressing to impress.” They are talking the talk, but aren’t walking the walk. Galatians 5:25 clearly states, if we are God’s people we have to walk in the Spirit.

In James 1:22 it reads: 

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

In this scripture we are instructed to be doers. We are to do as the Word of God tells us to do, not only hear it and continue living our lives the way we want to. If we hear the word, but aren’t doing it, are we really doing God’s will? If we are mixing ourselves with ungodly things how can people know and see that we are followers of Christ? To them, if we say we are Christians, yet do the same things they do and can be saved, so can they. We need to live our lives as examples.*

Jesus told us in Matthew 5:14,16:

[14] “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

[16] In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Jesus said we cannot be hidden. We are the light. Think: if you have a candle in a large room, can you hide it? No. It will be seen. The smallest fraction of light can be seen in any darkness. It cannot be hidden. It will show. In the same way, Christ says we cannot be hidden. Because of this, we are to let everyone see the goodness in us. We are to let everyone know we are Christ’s ambassadors and children of God.

The problem today is so many Christians, so many of God’s beloved children are not living their lives according to how God told us to. Maybe you aren’t in clubs or partying, but cursing, lying, lust, and fornication are not righteous in God’s eyes either. It is so crucial that as followers of Christ that we really try to live our lives as He did. If we do not change our lifestyles, if we continue to live in sin, Galatians 5:19-21 tells us what will happen. It reads, “Those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Some Christians “dress to impress.” They know the scriptures, they know the songs, they pray to God, some even evangelize, but according to the book of James, if you aren’t living out the Word you are “deceiving yourself.” It is terrible saints when we are deceived by others, but to deceive yourself is even worse.

I encourage you to ask God to help you transform your life if you are living the “dress to impress” lifestyle . Ask God to mold you into the Christian you ought to be. If you call yourself a Christian, or follower of Christ, evaluate your life and ask yourself: Am I really following the instructions that God has given me? Am I honestly trying to live as Christ did?


*@ChristianRep Has a beautiful post on his blog about how unbelievers even know how we should act. Please read


 

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