"Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey." - Mark 1:6
We have all seen the commercial that tells men "You're going to like the way you look." Then the counsel is often given to "dress for success". Or, a visit may come from two TV personalities to show you "What not to wear". It's simple; in the eyes of the world, you are what you wear.
If the above quotes are really true, then what was John? And if his attire spoiled his credibility how was it that God used him in such a successful manner? The Baptist was all about his message as he prepared the way for his Savior. His dress was simple and his preaching was clear, without complication or distraction. It wasn't the hair of the camel, but the heart of conviction that marked John.
Are you preoccupied with what you should wear to church or elsewhere my friend? Do you believe people will only listen to your testimony if you "dress to kill"? Or do you only listen to those who dress according to your guidelines? Whether you're all about suits, ties and formal dress or casual and down to earth, it's never about the outer appearance. Remember the words of the Lord in 1 Samuel 16:7, "For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart." It's never about the hair of the camel, but always about the heart of conviction.