Inside not Outside

Philippians 3

Philippians 3 3b

My alarm went off for the 5th time that morning and I smashed the snooze button once again. It was 9:45! Alarmed I shot up and showered for 30 seconds dressed into my only clean clothes at the time and out the door I went. Church started at 10. Thank goodness its only five minutes away.

My clothes at the time were gym shorts and a FUEL T-shirt. I had said to myself “Meh, God looks at the heart”. Somehow knowing there was going to be someone that would say something about the way I dressed to Sunday morning service. I walked in and after the service was over, I had several people walk up to me and tell me I shouldn’t wear those kinds of clothes to Sunday services.

Has this happened to you? It can be frustrating I know. After all God does look at our heart. In Philippians 3 Paul puts it this way.  “…. for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, ….”. Paul is saying that our physical appearance is not what labels us as Christians, but the spirit of God that is within us. Producing fruit from that spirit is what really matters.

Having raggedy clothes on for church may not be the best idea I’ll admit. But when it comes down to it they aren’t what really matters.

My challenge to you is to pray for God’s spirit to change how our hearts look today. Then maybe one day you will feel confident enough to wear raggedy clothes to church.

-Jesse Allen

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