Get Dressed

But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
Jeremiah 1:17

Dressing up for work instills a certain confidence. Some people have their "power suit." Maybe it involves a red tie or a black pencil skirt that makes you feel like a million bucks. We tend to wear these outfits when we feel we need a boost: for interviews, meetings, or presentations.

God told Jeremiah to get dressed. He just finished explaining how and why He is sending destruction to Judah (vv. 11-16). This must have been overwhelming to Jeremiah, and once again, he had to be thinking, "How am I going to say this to these people?"

The Lord knew Jeremiah needed to be prepared to deliver this message to a hostile audience, so He tells him, "Dress yourself for work."

How do we dress ourselves for the Lord's work?

Whether your audience is hostile or amicable, you are dealing with the Word of God and representing the Lord, so you need to suit up with the Armor of God (Ephesians 6).

Also, in a very concrete way, I recommend getting up and ready early in the morning. This is a huge struggle for me, especially since I don't have an outside job right now. But I find that the days I get up with my first alarm and immediately complete my morning routine (including quiet time with the Lord), while I may be a little tired physically, I am much stronger mentally and emotionally throughout the day. See Proverbs 6:6&9, Ephesians 5:16, and Romans 12:11 for the biblical basis to my claim.

I encourage you: get dressed every day. Be ready for anything God would have you do or say. Pray that the Spirit will give you the right words and assure you that God loves you and has a plan for you no matter the response of people. People are fickle, but God is unchanging. Base your worth in Him, and get dressed with His armor.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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