Before I started working as an elementary teacher, I spent several years employed as a golf pro at a local country club. I had earned my way into a position as an Assistant Golf Professional. One of my responsibilities outside of working in the pro shop or being the buyer for all of our merchandise was to give golf lessons. I especially spent a lot of time working with junior golfers because our head pro didn’t really enjoy working with kids. During my lessons as well as playing on the course, I always wore slacks and a golf shirt even in hot and humid Florida. I used to joke that I at least needed to look like I knew what I was doing.
There is some truth behind dressing the part of the role you’re going to play. But the bible warns us that we can’t just look the part of a Christian. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Paul tells Timothy that many so-called Christians will look the part but will be lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God. “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”
The truth is, we can easily appear like Christians. Many people, in fact, do just that. They’re more worried about what they look like or the image that they project. They show up to church all cleaned up and put on an appearance of godliness when inside, God is missing from their heart. I’ve battled this at times. It’s easy to make everyone think we have it all together, to look like we know what we’re doing.
We must continually work at not just putting Christ on in our outside appearance but allowing him to live within us and change us from the inside. We must be thoroughly transformed so we become a temple worthy to house God. Remember, he values the heart far more than he values your looks.