With the warmer weather moving in and spring announcing her arrival, I do a clean out of my closet. At the same time, I do a clean out of my spiritual closet as well. Out goes: What does not fit me and the new person I am in Christ.
In comes: what is more appropriate for the season I am in and the person I am in Christ.
We have already discussed the throwing out phase, today we will focus on the new wardrobe that Christ has supplied me with. We want a new set of clothes that reflect what is going on inside of us in our new relationship with Jesus Christ. Looking at Eph 3:23-24 in the Amplified version, we get an idea of this new set of clothing we are looking for:
“…and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], 24 and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].
Eph 23-24 (Amplified)
It is a set of clothing that reflects my new life in Christ: it is attitudes, thinking and behavior that is in line with what God has revealed to me in scripture lately, and what I have come to understand. Which is why, I think we are continually needing to do a spiritual revamp of our closet, because God is continually revealing to us what our new way of life is like. The Holy Spirit will gradually show us, what old clothing (attitudes and thinking) needs to go. I love how Ephesians calls it a “God-fashioned life” where we wear attitudes, thinking and behavior which is in line with the character God is producing in us. He is our spiritual fashion adviser.
“And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.” (Message)
I love these phrases in Col 3:9-11 in the Message: “Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete.”
No matter what season of life you are in, whether a brand new believer, or a mature believer, each season will have “clothing” (attitudes, thinking and behavior) that has become obsolete, and God will have new clothing designed for where you are in your spiritual walk as you walk out His plans for you. The Holy Spirit will show you what to throw out and what to put into your spiritual closet, we merely need to ask Him to show us.
What exactly do these new spiritual clothes look like? Paul provides more detail in Col 3:12-13 (Message)
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
We have to make a conscious effort to “put on” this new clothing God has given us; it will not come naturally.
But it is the only clothing that will give expression to your identity in Christ. A conscious effort needs to be made to put on new attitudes, new thinking, new speak, new behavior.
God has a wardrobe specifically designed for His children that does not even begin to compare with the clothing of our own making. It reflects His righteousness and the beauty of His holiness so that His glory is displayed to the world. It is to be our permanent clothing, a new wardrobe that will never wear out and always be in style with God’s best.
Looking at the list which describes this new clothing, of Christ-like garments that we are to be wearing, which of these needs more work in your life? What do you need to more purposefully put on in your life specifically?
Thank you, Father, that I am a new creation in Christ. I lay aside my old thinking, attitudes and ways of life, and embrace the new “clothes” that are more in keeping with who I am now, my new position as your child. I put on mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness as my new way of life. Thank You Lord for clothing me with dignity and strength so that I may glorify You with my life.