Friday, September 1, 2023

Sunday Best - Karen Huffaker

Sunday best
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12 NIV

When I see suits, ties, bow ties, modest dresses, high-heeled shoes, and pocketbooks, I remember my childhood, seeing families attending church dressed in their Sunday best.

Ladies customarily wore hats and gloves at Easter and other special occasions. These items are still around, of course, but these days, we see a variety of fashion trends for churchgoers.

Today’s trend is to dress down, not up, and wear casual or sporty clothes and shoes. And turning to television preaching in the comfort of home is now easy as we wear our loungewear and pajamas.

Much can be said of traditions like preparing to wear our Sunday best, which often began the evening before. We planned, committed to corporate worship and fellowship, and gathered the family whenever possible. We put our best foot forward weekly at a set-aside time to honor God.

In early biblical times, honoring God involved daily sacrificing animals; washing and cleansing; humbly entering the temple; reverently approaching the altar; observing the candelabra and shew bread, incense, prayers, and offerings; and praising and worshiping God. Their offerings were to be the best and the purest to reverence God with a sincere heart.

What we wear is just an outward appearance. The most important thing is the inward part—our heart. We enter God’s presence in an attitude of prayer and humbly prepare our hearts and spirits for worship. Our obedience, devotion, sincerity, gratitude, and love for God will bring Him joy. It pleases God when we offer ourselves fully to Him.

God is worthy and deserves our best. After all, He gave the best to us in Christ, who sacrificed His life to save us from our sins.

How can you give your all to God in gratitude for all He’s done for you?

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Karen Huffaker is a freelance Christian writer. She has taught children’s Sunday school and single mom’s Bible studies and written poetry. She is from the Deep South and loves reading Christian books, devotionals, genealogy adventures, fishing, and all things family. She is also passionate about her grandchildren’s sporting events. 

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