Dressed for success
February 8, 2010
by Rev. Robert Hellmann, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Montrose

“Clothes make the man (or woman).” Do you believe that old saying? Or is it just another example of the incredible shallowness of our society?

In the business world, how you dress does count. That’s why Gary Field started a non-profit organization called Career Gear. Their goal is to help men down on their luck get jobs. They provide grooming tips, a hair cut, and a new set of business clothes.

One man in the program said, “I feel like a million bucks. It’s my first suit since I was little. It makes me want to go out and get a job right now.”

Another said, “My self-esteem was low. It’s amazing how a change of clothes can make you feel so much more optimistic and confident.”

So maybe it is important to dress for success. An even more important question to ask is, “Are you dressed for success with God?” After all, when you die, you don’t want to appear before God dressed any old way, do you?

The problem is that we try to appear before God all dressed up in what we think are the good things we have done. Isaiah, the prophet, tells us that just won’t work. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)

Good deeds will not get you in the door to heaven. Instead, they are nothing but filthy rags before God.

If you are to get into heaven, you have to come before God dressed much differently than that. Isaiah shows you how to dress for success with God. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10)

You need God to clothe you with garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness. You can’t save yourself or pay for your sins. Instead, God freely gives you the forgiveness of all your sins and the gift of eternal life. This wonderful spiritual clothing comes to you through Jesus Christ, who died to take away your sins and who rose again to give you life.

Are you dressed for success . . . with God? You are if you have faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

Don’t get caught dead in the filthy rags of your own good works. Instead, let that robe of righteousness cover your sins before God. Then, you are dressed for spiritual success.