In February of 2007, Reuters carried a story that raised eyebrows and fired up some hot debates around water coolers all across America. According to a survey of 1,000 women, clothes are more desirable than sex. Most women said they would be happy to abstain from sex for fifteen months in exchange for a closet full of new duds. Sixty-one percent said that they would rather give up sex for one month than part with their favorite article of clothing.
I am going to refrain from making a joke right here and move on with a serious thought.
There’s something about a nice new outfit that makes you walk a little taller, which no doubt explains why our closets are so jammed full. I read somewhere that the average American wears only about 25% of the clothes he owns. In other words, we buy way more clothing than we need. I just took a peek in my own closet and counted eight St. Louis Cardinals shirts. I would have sworn I had only four or five.
A lady I wrote about in The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do counted her shoes one day and was stunned to discover that she owned 84 pairs. That’s 168 shoes for a person who only has two feet! If she wore a different pair every day, it would take her almost three months to get through her collection!
Relax. I’m not going to knock you for what’s in your closet. I am, however, going to ask you if you’ve given as much thought and attention to your spiritual wardrobe. Colossians 3:12 says, “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Ask yourself how much time and attention you give to your physical appearance before you leave the house every morning. Do you give anywhere near that much attention to the adorning of your heart?
Don’t you think you should?
For further reflection read Matthew 6:28-30, Romans 13:12, 1 Timothy 6:6-8.