Fashion Police, soft news shows featuring “infotainment” all have the latest on who dresses the best, red carpet fashion. Season changes bring new fashion from N.Y. to Paris. We see new hairstyles, new colors, new trends. They are continually changing so that we can go out and put our money into the fashion/beauty industry. Granted, for this fun-loving woman, it is creative to see what is “in” and trendy. Though I look back at old pictures of my “big” permed hair from the 80’s or my “paper bag waist” shorts from the 90’s, can’t help wondering ‘what was I thinking?’ Then, I see my sis- in -law helping me in one of those photos at one of my daughter’s birthday parties and she is dressed similarly. It’s fun stuff, but not the stuff that makes up a life rich with meaning. Now that I am in my fifties, I definitely see the virtue of my mother’s teaching to stick with “classic” dressing. And, for the most part, try to stay away from the trends as they will be the pieces that get thrown in the “give away” pile one year later. Much like “classic” timeless pieces in our wardrobe, Colossians speaks of the kind of dressing that we clothe ourselves in as godly woman. In The Message translation of Colossians, we are instructed to take off the old filthy clothing that we have been dressing in.. “9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.” Really? How cool is that? Custom made clothes without the sticker price that cause our tickers from stopping. Ha ha! God is so good. Reading further, we learn a little bit more of what is “high” fashion in the kingdom of heaven, yet, timeless and classic pieces. 12-14 “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” LOVE! Who would have thunk it? Now that we have the perfect pieces of clothing, we need makeup to match right? So, let’s look at what the Kingdom woman of God is wearing these days. Song of Solomon 2:10-14 states [ The Man ] Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover—come to me! Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios. Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover—come to me! Come, my shy and modest dove— leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing.
This is a woman who is loved. She is wearing the beauty of a smile. Knowing the love of God, her king. Isaiah 60: 1-7“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you. The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But God rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you. Nations will come to your light, kings to your sunburst brightness. Look up! Look around! Watch as they gather, watch as they approach you: Your sons coming from great distances, your daughters carried by their nannies. When you see them coming you’ll smile—big smiles! Your heart will swell and, yes, burst! All those people returning by sea for the reunion, a rich harvest of exiles gathered in from the nations! And then streams of camel caravans as far as the eye can see, young camels of nomads in Midian and Ephah, Pouring in from the south from Sheba, loaded with gold and frankincense, preaching the praises of God.” The woman of beauty in these days will wear a smile. She will know the love of her God. This is the kind of beauty which cannot be imitated. Have you ever noticed how a woman’s face transforms when she smiles? When I was a little girl, I used to think my mom was the most beautiful woman on the earth when she smiled at me. A smile conveys love and acceptance to the receiver. If we buy hundreds of dollars of products for anti wrinkling, glowing, more youthful skin, if we use the most cutting edge cosmetic surgery to tighten our faces with tucks and snips, if we use the most flattering cosmetics, it brings only surface change that wear off. The glow of a woman that comes from the inside out cannot be compared to any worldly beauty product. This comes only from spending time with the Father.
1 Peter 3:4-6 “Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.” Finally, we are going to put on the “coat” of praise. Isaiah 61:3 “and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Now that we have our new Spring outfit, one could even say “I don’t need to go shopping!” We could say that, but, not me. God also gives us every good and perfect gift from above. So, girlfriend, put on those shopping shoes with me and let’s shop!