According to researchers, you can make yourself more brainy by wearing the right kind of clothes. We’re all familiar with the concept of power dressing, where wearing a smart suit and tie or a uniform can suddenly make you feel more confident and decisive. But brainy dressing?
Well, a recent study discovered that when people were given a white coat to wear, they made 50% less mistakes in tests than people in ordinary clothes. When both groups were dressed in white coats but one group were told they were wearing a painter’s overall whereas the others were told they were wearing a doctor’s coat, the “doctors” again excelled the “painters” in mental challenges.
If physical clothes can produce such an improvement in confidence and performance, how much more should spiritual clothes? The Bible tells us that Christians are permanently clothed with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ (Isa. 61:10; Gal .3:27).
That means that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our ragged lives, but rather he sees us clothed with Christ’s perfect life. The more we believe that, and keep believing that, the greater will be our spiritual confidence and our spiritual “performance.”
May God give us preachers who strip off our rags of self-righteousness and who help us to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 14:14).