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its impact on fellow believers? We often       have already considered Jacob and the sin-
joyfully sing together in worship, “Love so    gular honor and glory he reserved for
amazing, so divine, demands my heart my        Joseph. The prophet Isaiah echoes this in
life my all.” Truly the love of Christ con-    the words of the Lord God; “I am the Lord:
strains us to surrender our all to Him. That   that is My name: and My glory will I not
surrender begins in the assembly God has       give to another, neither My praise to graven
planted. There I have the opportunity to       images” (Isa 42:8). As believers, we bow
faithfully love the brethren, to exercise the  our heads and hearts in agreement with the
gift He has given, and to honor Him in my      Father that the Son is worthy of such glory.
interactions and even in my choice of ap-      The Lord Jesus affirms His equality with
parel. We have been given guides to help us    the Father as He prays in John 17, “And
with this great challenge of faithful fellow-  now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine
ship. There are elders with a desire to pro-   own self with the glory which I had with
vide gentle guidance, and there are experi-    thee before the world was” (John 17:5).
enced believers whose understanding spans      Yet, we wonder at the words of the Lord as
generations of service in God’s assembly.      His prayer continues: “And the glory which
But the greatest Counselor is the Holy         Thou gavest Me I have given them; that
Spirit, Who is ready to direct the willing     they may be one, even as We are one” (John
heart. Would it not be a correct attitude      17:22). In heaven, we will be clothed in
before coming to an assembly meeting to        glory far excelling that which adorned
simply ask the Lord to preserve us from say-   Joseph. How wonderful that those glorious
ing, doing, or wearing anything that might     garments will not inspire jealousy or sin in
distract or deter another believer in his or   others, but rather will serve to unite us in
her service to the Lord?                       serving the Lord and furthering His eternal
                                               glory! With such glory before us we should
    We have considered the principles that     be motivated in every area of this life, in-
should inform and direct our dress in this     cluding our physical attire, to pursue that
life, and specifically in the assembly.        which honors the Savior, unites His peo-
However, there is wonderful truth to con-      ple, and encourages fellow believers to re-
sider concerning our heavenly attire. We       main focused on our Lord.

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