GUEST POST: Clothes Do Make The Man (or The Woman) by Jay Cookingham

GUEST POST: Clothes Do Make The Man (or The Woman) by Jay Cookingham

For years there has been a conspiracy of epic proportions in my house. Disguised as cute kids, an underground organization dedicated to rendering my wardrobe useless has infiltrated my closet and plundered my clothes drawers. Now daily I find myself outfit impaired and “garmently” challenged. I would sue for emotional damages, but they are my kids after all. Take my socks for instance, (whoops, poor choice of words); with five boys active in this underground, all who have socks of their own by the way, my socks never seem to remain in my drawer. I do find them on the floor but that’s another subversive movement I’m investigating.

Unfortunately, the pillaging has not been contained to just my socks. My white dress shirts have been in many “pirate battles” and have returned button less. Various unknown substances have appeared on my shirts while in the service of dubious pintsized “scientists”. A few shirts have even returned with their sleeves tied in knots! Like some great Houdini event gone awry, the true explanation remains locked away in secrecy.

My shoes, my hats, even my glasses become objects of fantasy, comfort and connection. Why do my kids insist on wearing my stuff? Simply put, they want to put on the things of their father. It’s an identification thing, a familiar thing and an “I wanna be like” thing. Daddy’s clothes represent something that goes beyond just wearing them.

It just like that with the Kingdom, putting on the things of the Heavenly Father evokes change. His clothes really do make the man, permanently pressing into us the character of His son. The Father uses garments of salvation, the robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10), the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-17) and the armor of light (Rom 13:12). After you are fitted for a robe of righteousness, God has accessories as well! “Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist.” (Isaiah 11:5). These clothes are worn inside out, that is to say that they really change us from the inside. This Godly garb encourages us with hope and the blessings of being King’s kids. This is the ultimate designer label; it has the best guarantee without the high price tag.

With clothes of humbleness, He helps us deal with our pride.
“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”(1 Peter 5:5)

When we are depressed the Father provides a garment to lift our spirits.
“and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”(Isaiah 61:3)

The Father’s divinely provided righteous wardrobe comes in to cover us, the unrighteous, to make possible our salvation and our right standing with Him. With His covering we are adorned with beauty.

“Thy beauty was perfect through MY COMELINESS which I had put upon thee” (Ezekiel 16:14)
Comeliness in Hebrew can be translated as ornament, splendor, and honor. The Father has put His best clothes on us and takes great delight in what He sees. In all this, His covering completes us.

Now, who wouldn’t want to dress like Daddy?


A father of seven, Jay has been happily married to his wife Christine for 27 years. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, he currently resides with his family in Hyde Park, NY. He holds an Associate Theology Degree and is studying for his Bachelors as time permits. Jay has been published in the following books; God’s Way for Fathers, God’s Ways for Teachers, God’s Way for Christmas, Smiles for Dads, Soul Matters for Men, The Rainy Day Book, and A Man of Honor. Check out his website and blog.

God’s Peace & Blessings!

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3 thoughts on “GUEST POST: Clothes Do Make The Man (or The Woman) by Jay Cookingham

  1. Jay,
    Thank YOU for sharing this with us! Gos shines through you! May you be blessed as you bless others,

  2. Wonderful post and analogy! Reminded me of Galatians 3 and being clothed with Christ. We are being changed and transformed- praise God!

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