When my son was little, if his behaviour was getting a bit out of hand, I would make him go and change into his best clothes. It somehow worked at calming him down. Many years later, I came across the notion of ‘dressing for the job you want’. It seems that our clothing affects our thinking and behaviour.
So when God gave Moses the instruction to have sacred garments made for Aaron and his sons to give them ‘dignity and honour’ (Exodus 28:1-5) he was obviously working with this aspect of humanity.
Even today, some churches see the need to have their leaders dressed in fine robes, to set them apart. On the other hand, I know one pastor who only ever wore his dog collar to gain access to hospital wards. So it can serve as an identifying uniform, as dress can also affect those who see us. This was what God was aiming at for Aaron and sons.
God also ordered a new wardrobe for you and me. Isaiah 61:10 tells us that we have a ‘garment of salvation and a robe of righteousness’. God paid a high price for it, the death of his precious son Jesus, and he ordered it before the beginning of time. You see, he knew that the very best we could do, was like ‘filthy rags’ (Isaiah 64:6). He didn’t want to see his own precious children going about like that, so he gave us the gift of a new outfit, one that we could never buy. He wants us to go and get changed – to wear the garment of salvation and the robe of righteousness. That our behaviour might be changed too; that our outfit might remind us we are children of the King of kings, that the price has been paid for us, that we might have dignity and honour, and that others might see and recognise what he has done in us and for us.
When you’re tempted to say something unkind, or do something you know isn’t right, or hold a bad attitude, check out and see what you are wearing, Remember who you are, and how much it cost. Dress for the job he wants you to do.