A Uniform - The Perfect Christian Attire
And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. 14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats: 15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. Exodus 40:13-15
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9
A uniform is a distinctive set of clothes worn to identify someone's occupation, affiliation, beliefs, or status. It is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity. The rules of war require every soldier who enters the battlefield to wear a distinctive uniform because it signifies who and what you are fighting for. Failure to do so is a misrepresentation of one's principles and beliefs. In addition to identifying yourself as a member of the body of Christ, by wearing your uniform, you are perpetuating a great tradition in the United House of Prayer For All People
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues" 1 Corinthians 12:28.
Thus, a uniform represent one's commitment to serve the needs of the body and edify the church.
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" John 13:35).
A uniform is not about clothes, it is about belief. It identifies belief. It requires action. It prepares us for our hopes and expectations.
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
- A uniform reminds the usher that their purpose is not to sit on a pew
- A uniform reminds the queen that she must stand and give honor and praise
- A uniform reminds the singer to sing the songs of Zion
- A uniform reminds the musician to play his instrument
- A uniform is our response to confusion
- A uniform is a statement of commitment
- A uniform is the modern insignia of a Christian
- A uniform is our temporal apparel in hopes of an eternal robe of glory
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels" Revelation 3:5.
Do not allow vanity to destroy your sense of purpose and duty to God. There is no suggestion that clothing makes a person a Christian; however, a Christian in the service of the Lord should dress in a manner that indicates commitment and purpose. Your apparel announces your purpose to the world as they observe your journey to the House of the Lord. Your clothing suggests that you are on duty.
"Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment" Zechariah 3:3-4.
Nevertheless, always remember that no amount of clothing or uniform is a substitute for holiness. God wants you to live holy and righteously. He wants you to return and repent.
"Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil" Joel 2:12-13.
Your appearance is part of your transformation testimony. Wear your uniform with the joy and honor that it deserves. Represent it well before men and women. Let the light shine and reflect the goodness of the Lord that is in you to do His service.
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels" Isaiah 61:10.