The results of the ‘come as you are’ mindset. The testimony of believers.
Jacob had God on his mind but his family did not have Him in their hearts. He built an altar but they did not prepare themselves for worship! They met the world as they were and reaped the terrible results. Jacob learned the lesson that a casual heart leads to careless living.
Genesis 33:17-34:1; 34:30; 35:1-5
Jacob, because of his casual attitude in leading his family, was responsible for the defilement of his daughter, the disgraceful actions of his sons, and the destruction of Shechem.
Some will argue that encouraging a “dress in your best” attitude equates to Pharisaism, Matthew 23:25. Others consider casual dress to result from a casual heart.
Jacob instructed his family to separate themselves from the things of the world and separate themselves unto the Lord. They were on their way to worship the Lord and they prepared their hearts and their dress accordingly.
Believers should ask themselves “does my manner of dressing communicate my belief that coming together for worship and service is important”?