Appropriately Dressed

By Pastor Nate Powell
I continue to be reminded about a certain truth since I moved roles at our church. I moved from being a secondary pastor (youth/worship/etc.) to the primary role of pastor at the beginning of this month. That truth is this: I am not ready for this.
Pastor Corey said as much in his last Sunday with us as he handed me that baton. But he’s not the only one. My wife reminded me of this the other day as I was about to leave the house. We had friends over that morning, and our friend questioned the fact that I was leaving the house in a Cardinals jersey, shorts and a ballcap. He said, “You wear that to work?” My wife responded: “It’s OK. He’s still getting used to being a senior pastor and being professional.” Literally 2 days later, I went to make a pastoral visit at the prison in Tecumseh. I thought I had all my ducks in a row, until I walked in the door and the guard let me know: “Sir, you won’t be able to make a visit because your shorts do not meet the dress code.” I felt pretty stupid.
When we wear different hats, we have different responsibilities. Needless to say, my desire to wear a baseball hat every day is going to need to end, and I’m going to have to get more longer pants and slacks. So I say all that to say this: thanks for your patience with me. I’m sure there will be several more times when I wear or say the wrong things at the wrong times. I’ll be grateful for your patience as I transition from being the “Youth guy”, a role I’ve had for nearly 20 years.
In the process of thinking about appropriate clothing, I was reminded of Jesus’ message to the church at Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6. In that message, Jesus chastises a church that appears to be alive, but is actually dead. But he says, there are some who walk victorious with Christ, clothed in white because they have been faithful and not succumbed to the world and to sin. When Disciples remember their faith and to follow Christ faithfully daily, they are clothed in white robes of victory. When we meet Christ, I want to be appropriately clothed in the righteousness of Christ. I want to be found faithful.
To be faithful is what it truly means to be well dressed. This is how we will be ready.