Fervr Fashion Guide: You Are What You Wear
Do your clothes define you?
Who are you? Skater, goth, raver, bogan, surfer, preppy, hipster, emo, geek, motorhead, punk? What “group” do you fit into? Do your group of friends all have the same look? Do your clothes define who you are?
Everyone is looking for an identity. And often we find our identities in our clothes. “I am a punk, so I will dress like a punk. You will not find me dressing any other way.” But what if you’re the only punk you know? What if this means that you can’t relate to anyone around you? What if it means that you attack anyone that is not a punk?
“To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-22)
We are Christians first and foremost. Before you are a punk, surfer, emo, whatever, you are a Christian. You belong to God. We find our purpose and our identity in what Jesus has done for us. For Paul, it was more important to preach the gospel than to assert his freedoms.
Is your devotion to a subgroup more important than your devotion to Christ? Would you be willing to give up the way you dress to introduce people to Jesus?
Because of what Jesus has done for us we have been adopted as children of God. We know who we are, what we are to do, and where we are going. We find our identity not in our clothes but in our faith.
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