A Change of Wardrobe
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3
Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:1-17
When I was in college, I had a favorite T-shirt that I liked to wear. It was well worn and soft, and it was my “go-to” shirt for wearing on a lazy day. When I got out of college and got a job, I slowly started to change my wardrobe. The shorts and t-shirts of my college days were replaced with suits and ties for my new career. The funny thing was that every time I cleaned out my closet to make room for new clothes, I would always leave this one old favorite t-shirt behind. It was just too comfortable to part with, and I firmly believed that I wore it well. No matter how many brand new shirts I had hanging in my closet, I would keep going back to my favorite old t-shirt on the weekends. If that t-shirt would have held up through the rigors of time and hundreds, if not thousands of times through the laundry, I would probably still have it today. Sadly, it eventually became so tattered that I had to throw it away.
In today’s key passage, Paul reminds us of a different kind of wardrobe change. He is speaking to the Christians in Colosse, and reminds them of how they should live as followers of Christ. He begins by talking about their old selves by saying, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Vss. 5-10) Paul goes on to tell the Colossians to put on their “new clothes” in Christ. He says, “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Vss. 12-14)
As followers of Christ, the changes in our behavior following conversion should be like a complete change of wardrobe. We should throw out the old clothes, and fill our closets with brand new ones. We should, “set [our] minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Vs. 2) The problem is that for a lot of us, we tend to not throw away all of the old clothes. Sure, we throw out most of them. We get rid of most of our bad habits and most of our sinful desires, but sometimes we find ourselves tempted to hang on to that one comfortable old shirt. We keep it hanging in our closets, and we keep wearing it from time to time. God, however, is not looking for a partial change in wardrobe. He is looking for us to wear only the new clothes He has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ. If you have a favorite old t-shirt lying around in your life – one or two things from your past sinful life that you are not willing to give up – save yourself a lot of time and trouble and just throw it away. The new clothes are in much better shape, and they will last for eternity.
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