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All Dressed Up With Someplace To Go!
1. Over 30 years ago the first edition of a book called "Dress for Success" was published. It was an interesting book, and sold very well. In fact, it is still available, although in a new and updated edition. The premise for the book was that what you wear has an impact on whether, or not you succeed. And in the business world, which was the target for the book, this is certainly true.
2. In fact, I came across an interesting organization this week called "Dress For Success." Dress for Success provides interview suits, confidence boosters and career development to more than 45,000 women in over 75 cities each year. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a second suit when she gets the job. Dress for Success has as its motto,
"You only get one chance to make the right impression!"
3. Today, in our fashion crazed society, it is true that clothes do make a difference. They make a difference in how others perceive us. They even make a difference in how we feel about ourselves. People who are depressed often let their appearance go. People who feel good about themselves want to look as good as they feel.
4. Of course, there are certain occasions and circumstances that require a more formal dress. On a news special the other night in which Tom Brokaw spent a day in the White House with President Bush, it was revealed that President Bush requires a coat and tie to be worn in the Oval Office out of respect for that special place. Everyone has a certain sense of what is appropriate in a particular situation. We all have our own understanding of a dress code.
5. In our text today, the apostle Paul uses this idea of dress to emphasize how we are to live as Christians, in light of what God has done for us in Christ. He links the idea of clothing to certain attitudes and behaviors, and he reminds us that certain things don't go together. If we're going to be successful in living the Christian life, then we need to know what to take off and what to put on. We need to learn how to clothe ourselves in those attitudes and behaviors that will make us successful.
6. Just as a jogging suit may be appropriate for an afternoon workout but horribly inappropriate for a visit to the Oval Office, so the old habit patterns and attitudes of the past that once served us well are no longer in style for our new way of life.
7. In fact, they are not just out of style; they are now dangerous and deadly. Some valuable instruction is needed. And that is precisely just what we have here. In our text today, Paul defines what we need as essential and appropriate Christian attire. We see here that, to be all dressed up with someplace to go in the Christian life:
1. We Must PUT OFF the ...
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