For me and I imagine for most other folks, we focus on getting our cloths on first and then accessories next. More importantly, I’m almost certain that for all normal folks, if the choice had to be made between dressing in cloths without accessories or wearing only accessories without any cloths, the obvious choice would be “cloths please, you can keep your accessories”. I suppose that’s also why God made aprons rather than ear rings and wrist watches to cover Adam and Eve’s naked bodies.
Somehow though, we don’t seem to apply the same logic to running our spiritual life: there is a mind boggling emphasis on ‘spiritual accessories’ and very little prodding for people to put on ‘spiritual cloth’.
By spiritual accessories I mean the breakthroughs and miracles: stuff that Christ describes as fringe benefits for those who pursue the central objective of the Christian faith. But accessories do not cover our nakedness: no sane person goes around dressed in nothing but gold chains, brooches and wrist watches even if they were diamond encrusted. True spiritual clothing that covers the nakedness and shame of sin is to put on the very nature and person of Christ.
And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. (Galatians 3:27 NLT)
When we place such undue emphasis on miracles and breakthroughs all driven toward fatter bank balances or even manifestation of some spiritual gifting (without manifesting spiritual fruits) we are acting just as ridiculous as a bunch of folks all ‘blinged-up’ in accessories with nothing else on – vulgar!