A host of different websites are available with tips and tricks to help an individual prepare themselves for a job interview. It’s something that most of us can relate to having done at one point or another in our life. We want to impress our prospective employer. So it’s unlikely that we’d show up in a less than professional fashion; like wearing the uniform from a previous job, to a job interview with a prospective employer. We don’t show up branded in our competitors uniforms, unkempt, or with any ill intent. We show up in sincerity and often, with great humility, hoping to receive favor.
We see much the same picture in Genesis 35 verses 1-3. Jacob says unto his household: “Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:” In other words, get ready to meet with the Lord. It’s not that Jacob believed his, or anyone else’s appearance, bought favor and righteousness from the Almighty. For God is not a respector of persons. It’s that he understood the worship of the Almighty ought to be conducted with great fear, reverence, and humility. God’s grace and mercy renders Him worthy of the very best that we have to offer.
Western Christianity has developed a very casual approach to God. It is true that God can see what man cannot, and indeed, He looks upon the heart. But actions (or in-action) often reflect exactly what is going on the inside. It is for precisely this reason, that Jesus said we can tell where a person’s heart is at, by where their treasure is. It’s equally true that, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So what’s going on inside, will evidence itself on the outside. A heart that wants to serve and be used by God, will always want to present it’s absolute best to the King. It’s not that our righteous acts will render us worthy of service. His righteous work demands our all. It is when we present our bodies a living sacrifice, that we give unto the Lord something that He can truly use for His glory.