Playing Dress-up with Jesus
August 20, 2019, 11:35 AM

In the not too distant past, my son had a box of costumes in his closet. Every now and then he would go into that box and pull out one of those costumes and run through the house pretending he was that particular character. Some days it would be Ironman, and other days Woody or Buzz Lightyear. And I would be remiss if I somehow left out the Ninja Turtles. He had even got to the point of acting like Raphael so much that he would run around the bases at his baseball games the way that the ninja turtles ran in the cartoon. It didn’t matter to him that it slowed him down and resulted in him getting out some of the time. It was cute for a season, but if he continued to do it as he got older it would just be awkward. It’s fun to imagine and play dress up. In fact, many adults still do it at the Comic-con events. (I’m not judging, I’m just saying.) Halloween is another time when some grownups play dress-up and act like children. There is a time and place for relishing in the splendor of our imagination, but when it comes to the worship of our Lord, we should leave the dress-up out of it. I’m not accusing anyone of going to church dressed as a princess or super-hero, but I believe there are plenty of people simply playing dress-up with Jesus. Mark 15:16-20 and the parallel passage in Matthew 27:27-31 tell the story of roman soldiers dressing Jesus as a king in a purple robe and mockingly giving Him praise. They even put a crown upon His head and a staff in His hand. Next, they knelt in front of Him and declared, “Hail, king of the Jews!” The reality of the condition of their heart was revealed in the way they treated Him after this mockery. They beat Him, spit on Him, and paid false homage to Him. Unfortunately, this is how many worship Jesus. They say He’s the King of their life and even act like it from time to time but in reality, they give Him no authority and even their acts of worship and submission are a farce. Their worship is a game of dress-up that allows them to be the central focus of the “experience.” Worship of the King of Kings isn’t an experience that you’re a part of once a week, it is a way of life. It’s not about simply going through the motions of giving adoration to some make-believe god created in the minds of those who worship him. It requires that we approach Him, the one true God as the God who is a consuming fire but allows us to draw near Him through the blood of Jesus. Does your walk with God include true worship or are you simply playing dress-up with Jesus?