Each day we have a choice to make. We have to get dressed. We must figure out what to wear to go to the gym, to work, to drive in the carpool, to go to Bible study, to walk the dog, to go to the grocery store. Usually the clothes we put on have to do with what our activity will be for the occasion. The same principle is true for us spiritually.
Every day we have a choice as we get dressed. We have two closets: One closet says on the door, “Chosen by God, holy and dearly loved.” The other closet door says, “Hand-me-downs: smelly, holey, but familiar.” Inside the first one are the new garments of your new life in Christ, your new identity, your new beginning. Inside the second closet are the tattered clothes with your fleshly label of making life work on your own.
Inside the first closet are pieces of clothing with the character qualities of Jesus: faith, hope, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control. Inside the second are rags to wear that say things like rejection, fear, resentment, anger, self-protection, hatred, pride, withdrawal. The clothing from the second closet is familiar and can make you feel safe, but the reality is they don’t really fit any more. They are worn out. They won’t keep you warm or protected.
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” —Colossians 3:12
The new clothes in the first closet are the garments of light, handpicked for you by the Lord Jesus. Put them on with courage and confidence. By the way, your new clothes look just great! Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father, thank you, for making us new in Jesus Christ. Lord, help us to see ourselves as you do: as a new creation with the mind of Christ and a new identity. Help us to dress ourselves according to our new beginning. Thank you for this new day. In Jesus’ name, amen.