Your Sunday Best

Every Sunday morning there was an argument in our house.

Exodus 26:1-37

Reference: v.36 “For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Every Sunday morning there was an argument in our house. When we were growing up I remember having our Sunday best clothes. These were the cute little dresses and skirts that mum would put us in so that we were looking as best as we possibly could to go to worship.

The problem arose when we grew up and started choosing our own clothes and doing our own hair. It was no surprise that a teenager’s style was quite different to my mother’s liking and so the same disagreement would arise each Sunday morning.

We would enter the living area, Mum would look us over and say, “You’re not going to church looking like that, are you?” We would then try to explain how trendy our clothes were or how cool our hairstyle was.  Mum would then say, “You wouldn’t dress like that if you were going to see the Queen, and how much more important is God?” This really stumped us for a while until one of my siblings realised that God cares more about our heart than our image, and so our witty retort would be, “God sees us as we really are anyway, Mum, He doesn’t care what clothes we wear.”

It seemed we both had a point and we were stuck in a stalemate situation.

Application: The Bible reminds us that God looks at our hearts and not at our outward appearance, however, our outward appearance often conveys what is in our heart. Our facial expression can certainly give our true feelings away, but often our clothing can too. If we deem something as important then we will put some effort into our attire, however, if we don’t care as much about our destination then we may keep it casual.

God was very specific about the design of the Tabernacle for the Israelites and He instructed that they only place the very best of materials into the design. He is the original Creator so we know He has a good eye for any type of design.

God certainly does not have a dress code, however, He does deserve our absolute best.

Prayer: Lord, we are often so wrapped up in our own image that we don’t stop to think what You would desire. May we give you our very best in all the aspects of our lives. Amen.

When do you feel you are giving your best for God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.