“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering” ~ Colossians 3:12
As much as we love the feel of our old, everyday clothes, softened by use and many washings, we’re being urged to put on something brand new.
Paul was writing to new Christians at Colossae in this letter to strip off their former practices and ways of living. When we are “born again” we become entirely new; washed clean in the blood of Jesus Christ. Our human spirit becomes infused with the Holy Spirit so that we will want to please God in every way possible. It’s His LOVE that causes us to change from the inside out.
Were you ever the one who didn’t “get the memo” regarding a dress-up occasion? Did you show up to a formal wedding in khakis and a Hawaiian shirt? Blue jeans and a t-shirt? Better yet…the old polyester leisure suit of the ‘70s? It’s high time for a change of clothes.
Of course Paul is talking about clothing your spirit man. Now, as we are considered the “elect of God”, we must dress appropriately as His ambassadors. We are no longer self-serving, but Christians on assignment to serve others as Jesus led by His example.
Our clothing consists of hearts that are tender and filled with compassion displaying mercy; human-kindness that overflows to meet the needs of others; a humble preference to put others first; a meek, spirit-controlled temperament; and the willingness to go the distance with others without complaint: these are the new clothes.
We are the church, the bride of Christ and the bride needs to clean up in readiness for the appearance of the bridegroom.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” ~ Revelation 19: 7-8
Today, get the memo: There’s a wedding coming: Dress appropriately as God’s holy people whom He loves.
Dear Father, thank you for washing us in the blood of Jesus, Your Son, and for giving us the Holy Spirit to do the internal clean up of our spirits. Help us to strip off and throw away the old clothing of our former lives and to put on the attributes Jesus displayed while He walked the earth. We want to be ready for the Bridegroom and to present to Him a dazzling bride “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white”. Thank you for your patience with us while we change our clothes! I love you, LORD. Amen
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.
And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.” ~ Revelation 7:13-15
Contributed by Cindy Stelter Tesar