How to Clothe Yourself

I am having to address someone almost everyday about his/her clothes. You would think that people, whether children or adults, would know how to dress by this point their lives, but that is far from the truth. People need constant reminders and in some cases people need the simple instruction of what to wear and what not to wear. We cannot assume that each of us will get it right in terms of How to Clothe Yourself

We find expectations of how to clothe ourselves spiritually in 1 Peter 5:5-6. The word for clothe in our text is egkomboomai (en-kom-bo’-o-mī (Key)). It means knot or band by which two things are fastened together, to fasten or gird one’s self. C.F.A. Fritzsche is credited to have said “This was the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the belt of the vest and distinguished slaves from freemen. Therefore, 1 Pet 5:5 (“gird yourselves with humility as your servile garb”) encourages Christians to show their subjection one to another by putting on humility. This could also refer to the overalls which slaves wore to keep clean while working—an exceedingly humble garment.”

1 Peter 5:5-6

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

We are told how to relate to one another as believers in this text. We are told to clothe ourselves with humility toward one another. Wow, even at this very moment I am somewhat miffed at my wife at how we are addressing or not addressing a situation. The LORD God just asked me if I was being humble. He asked me if I was subjecting myself to my wife. The answer was no. In fact, when I was asked that by God all my tension just dissipated. Poof. It was gone and replaced by peace.

The Proverb that says “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” is so true especially for me in this moment. We worry about the latest fashion or whether we are coordinated or matching. Spiritually speaking, God is asking us to pay even more attention to How to Clothe Yourself.

As with me, the question He is asking you this morning is do you know How to Clothe Yourself. For Him, it is not rhetorical but biblical. It is essential to faith in Jesus Christ. If we intend on being like Jesus, we must clothe ourselves as He did in humility. What attitude are you wearing this morning? If not humility, it is time to change your spiritual clothes.


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