If we pretend for a moment that we are window displays in some fancy store and there are hundreds of people walking by looking, peering in…What would your display tell say? What would they see just by looking and watching you? Sometimes when I look at a window display I love what I see, even the faces of the manikin’s look content and happy and other times they are blank-faced and sometimes even angry looking. Also, their outfits either delight my eyes or make me go…woe!!!
Would they see a very worldly person, shaken and uncertain about the world we live in, life in general? Would you be dressed in such a way that you screamed this earth is my home and I plan on staying on it forever!! Or, maybe you would be dressed modestly, yet stylish, hair fixed just so and you would have this look of peace, a settledness in what you believe, a glow even because your mind is fixed on things above!
Often times people do not get the chance to talk with us, live among us; they only get to see glimpses of us as though we are a display in a window, but even in a glance you can sometimes tell a lot about a person. I have passed people before who just the sight of them made my heart ache. They had such a look of bewilderment and sadness that I wanted to hold them and tell them it would be okay. I have seen people who and they have looked angry and mad at the world at large, they cannot even make eye contact or say a polite hello and I wonder what has caused this?
No, I am not saying that everyone who looks a little too worldly is not saved, I am simply saying because we are the only Bible some read we need to have God displayed in us and on us at all times.
God displayed his glory through many things, lastly through Jesus and now that He is not on this earth it is displayed in His children, those who wear the name of “Child of God,” “Redeemed.”
Yes, I believe we should look different and if we do not then we need to ask ourselves, why? We are told in Hebrews 13:14 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” Then we see where Jesus said these words in John 17:14-16 “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of this world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
We need to look different, we need to act different, we need to let Christ rule our lives in such a way that He is on display in all we do, all we say and even what we wear. It really does matter. Yes, God looks at our hearts and He alone knows the content of it and if we are truly his. But if we look so much like the world; if we carry so much of it in our hearts, on us and in our continence that others do not see Jesus in us, then we are not living the way we should.
Our window dressings should be such that before our garments are noticed our faces are reflecting Christ in us, an eternal hope that radiates past our earthly circumstances. Joy bubbling up from the living waters in us. Ask the Lord to help you “not wear this world,” but to let his light shine in you and through you so that others see His glory displayed in all you do!