SHE CLEANS UP NICE

(poetic license to portray the Bride of Christ as the virtuous woman)

Proverbs 31:
21 When it snows, THE CHURCH has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; THE CHURCH is clothed in fine linen and purple.


The virtuous woman made sure her kids and servants were dressed well. Scarlet was actually the finest clothing available. What does this mean for a church that wears ‘work clothes’ when we gather? We tend to dress down deliberately to not draw attention to ourselves.

Certainly the Pharisees and other religious leaders placed high value in their vestments and robes. There’s nothing wrong with dressing up or having a costume that sets you apart. But, there are better things to wear.

It is not wrong for us to dress up. Feel free if you want to. The day will come in eternity when we will all be sharp-dressed by the Master Designer. For now, it is good that we focus on inward adornment. What are the inner things that are pleasing to Christ?

The virtuous woman is one who takes care of herself. She wants to be attractive and represent her husband well. Are you taking care of yourself to please Christ?

In the home that Jesus is building, the closets are filled with inner beauty. The church finds ways to dress the household in the very best qualities. Dress each other in encouragement, faithfulness and the deepest textures of love.

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