Dressed Up For God

You can’t just walk into the President’s Oval Office, dressed in any old paint-stained clothes or with your hair all wild from sleep. The Secret Service will stop you at the gate, long before you ever get near the White House. There is a certain protocol for a visit with the President of the United States.

Even so, the Courts of Heaven have a protocol for the worship of God Almighty. The required uniform? The garment of thanksgiving and praise.

I wear a uniform, of sorts. During the week, I wear blue jeans and T-shirts, but I dress up for God on Sunday. The last thing I put on before I walk out the door to go to church is a smile and an attitude of praise.

It starts with a heart-felt “Thank you,” for all the Lord has done. If you woke up this morning, you have something to be thankful for. He has given you the very air you breathe. Giving thanks get you through the first gate into the outer court.

The next step is to bless the Lord with your praise. If you find it hard to think of something to say to the Lord, pick up the Bible and read Psalms 100 aloud. Praise gets you into the inner court. Psalms 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”

And the final step in this protocol of the kingdom of heaven is to come with a sacrifice. In the Old Testament an animal sacrifice was required, but since Jesus gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice, we must enter by His blood.

Hebrews 10:19, 22 says, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus. . . let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.

The blood of Jesus gets you into the Holy of Holies, into the presence of the Lord Himself, where the worship takes place. The only way to obtain the blood of Jesus to bring with you is to receive Him as your Lord and Savior and be born again, then you will be spiritually covered by His blood.

It is fitting that we wear our best when we come together to worship God, considering Who He is, the Creator of heaven and earth.

The God of the universe deserves the best we can give Him.

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