"All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;" (Is 64:6).
The best I have in my natural order is "filthy rags." We clean up our natural existence; we buy outstanding clothes; and we try and make our outward appearance as beautiful or handsome as possible. The elephant in the room is "Why? Or a more appropriate questions is "Whose eyes am I trying to impress?"
It has been said "Beauty is only skin deep", but I would suggest that sin makes us "ugly to the bone." The real essential question is "How does God see me?" and "What does He think about my appearance appear?"
The Bible reveals that:
"Our beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight" (1 Peter 3:3-4).
We keep our inner life clean and beautiful before God through regular confession of sins, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness'" (1 John 1:9). Yes, unless we keep the impurity of the sins in our life cleansed, no matter how beautiful our "coat of many colors" it is ugly to God.
Confession of sins begin with repentance (change of direction 180 degrees). I know that I need to confess and repent of my sins daily. Many times we are at the opposite place in our journey that God desires us to be. By the confession of my sins, I take off my fleshy filthy rags and put on the righteousness of my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14).
The righteousness of Jesus Christ makes us, as imperfect humans beings, perfect in God's eyes. Isn't that what really counts?
Just Sayin' Dr. Jim Shaw