I have to admit, I really don’t watch a lot of tv. There’s a couple of news shows that I try to catch when I’m home, the occasional football game, but outside of these, that’s about it. I hardly ever watch the award shows with the red carpet scenes because I obviously don’t know what’s going on anyway. However, having said that, I do like a lot of the beautiful gowns that the performers wear. I’m an “artsy” person so I appreciate the creativity of a unique piece of apparel. The celebrity pulls up to the red carpet to make their entrance and immediately gets stopped by a reporter asking, “Who are you wearing?”. This is an interesting question. It’s not “Who designed your ensemble?” (Although that’s what is implied) It’s “Who are you wearing?” Although some of these designers are certainly talented, I’m not sure this question encompasses all that has to do with this celebrity’s reason for attending this banquet. There’s more to the person than the clothing. But it is an interesting question.
Do you realize that every time we step out of our homes, people are looking at us and without saying a word, they can tell “who” we’re wearing? Don’t fool yourselves. This has nothing to do with clothing whatsoever. This is about your demeanor, approachability and attitude. People instinctively know when you’re “too busy” for them. They know real from fake. They understand if the welcome mat is rolled out for them or not. People know if a smile is genuinely inviting or just something you’re doing to not seem rude. For the child of God, “Who am I wearing?” is a very important question to ask ourselves on a daily basis. “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27 NKJV) Do you see this? If we belong to Him, His name is on us! The King’s Seal. This is His very label. He will never take it off of us so we have to remember that we’re representing Him everywhere we go.
Yes, we all have bad days. Every day is not sunshine and roses but people are watching you to see how you respond to life. Don’t we want to respond to people with grace and mercy? I know we want others to respond to us that way. Don’t we want to give people our most valuable asset, our time? Jesus was on this earth that He literally created and was never too busy for anyone. People were and still are His most treasured possession. He gave His time to people and never made them feel less than. “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.” (Matthew 19:13-15 NLT ) This is our example. No, we’re not perfect, but this is our example.
Life happens every day and we get so many chances to represent our Savior. We either do or we don’t. Sometimes we have to make a split second decision. Be kind or go on our way. If we choose wrongly, too late. The moment is gone. Don’t beat yourself up, though. God, in His grace, gives us chance after chance. He wants to develop our “want to”. The Psalmist had it right when he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10 NLT) Ahh! A clean heart with a loyal spirit to represent the Almighty. Isn’t that what you want to be known for? I certainly do. So the Lord keeps working until we get it. “For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:23 NLT) It’s always a heart matter. God deals with the heart of man.
So when we step out onto the red carpet of life every day, we have a chance to show the inner workings of Jesus. If we allow Him to do what only He can do on the inside of us, our outside will start to catch up. Pretty soon you’ll be holding a door open for someone. You’ll be smiling at total strangers. You’ll be the friend someone can count on in hard times. People will certainly want to know Who you’re wearing, and this has nothing to do with your clothes. Jesus looks good on people. The results are amazing. Earthly money can’t buy these effects, only an inviting heart can. It’s all about The Label.
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.
Wonderful and thought-provoking article. It is a very good reminder to do our best to reflect that we have Jesus in our hearts to all we come in contact with.