I recently ran across an article that suggested you should dress up to fly on an airline because you’ll get treated better. “Joking aside, the other reasons are the more obvious ones: However unfair it is, you’re generally treated better if you’re dressed better.” https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-you-should-always-dress-up-to-fly

We often say “One cannot judge a book by its cover.” And yet so often, don’t we do just that. Someone looks better so we think more of that one or are more patient, more accepting, nicer…. “My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance” (James 2:1 GNT). None of us meets God’s perfect standard under the Law and we all are in need of God’s grace. At times though, we Christians have been guilty of giving other the impression that one has to get cleaned up before you can come to church… that one has to do a certain amount of righteous works before God will apply His grace to us. However, the essence of the Christian faith is that salvation is through Christ alone, not by human good works. With the new year, let’s make sure we focus on loving people as God loves them and not on their outward appearance. Let’s make sure that our congregation’s buildings and grounds don’t just look good but are a place the love of God is found shining through for all people . Transformed by His grace, let’s share His grace with all.

As we’ve been singing in our Offertory this past month: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”

See you in Divine Service,