I think women love to wear clothes that express their identity. Sometimes we like to dress up, and sometimes, we feel more like wearing worn jeans. But always, we like our clothes to kind of speak of who we are and how we feel at the moment. Consider this verse describing a woman of long ago,
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.”
This is of course, the Proverbs 31 woman. Clothing is something you put on as an act of the will. You reach for the clothes you want to wear on any given day, and you put them on!
The clothing of God’s royal daughters, that is, any woman who has put her faith in Christ, includes strength and dignity. We put these characteristics on like clothes. When we feel weak, we “put on” strength as an act of our will. When we feel kind of pathetic, we “put on” dignity. We choose it, because we are the King’s daughter, and those clothes are befitting for us.
Ephesians 4:22 also speaks of “putting on” as well as “putting off” what is consistent with our identity. We are to put off the old self, and put on the new self.
This morning I got miffed at something, and my anger showed itself in slamming a drawer shut, and I’m sure I had a scowl on my face. I was alone in the house, but still, I wasn’t acting like the King’s daughter! So I told myself to “put on” strength and dignity, and to take off the old self that is so self-centered and easily offended.
And the minute I did that, I felt those clothes go on, those royal clothes, that are befitting for who I am as God’s daughter. There really wasn’t a lot of effort, just a decision to act like who I really am!