Clothing is a funny thing, it’s just fabric and thread. As women, we sometimes focus more than we need to on our wardrobe. Or do we?
You might be surprised how often the Bible talks about clothing. It begins in the beginning. In Genesis, once Adam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden, they realized they were naked and saw themselves differently. Trying to hide their nakedness, they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves. God had to step in and design something better – animal skins. The wardrobe required blood, symbolic of Jesus who covers us in His sacrifice.
New clothes, a robe of righteousness, right there in the gospel of Genesis.
In Christ we receive new clothing, but sometimes we insist on tearing through the closet of our lives and bring out the old . . . the comfortable.
The good news is, we can cast off the undesirable clothing that always hangs in Colossians 3:8, Cast off and throw away all the rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing and abusive language. They don’t fit anymore!
Our new clothing can be found in Colossians 3:12,14: As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Years ago we attended a wedding. A stunning bride appeared in her white gown. She stepped on her hem and murmured something foul for everyone to hear. It didn’t fit the moment and stained the image of her beauty.
What we choose to wear each day is vital to our image as the daughter of the King. We have the choice to adorn ourselves in a timeless ensemble that lasts eternally, or meet the frustrating moment (of stepping on our hem) and reacting to it.
We can put on – and put off. Strip, to hang up the hang-ups.
Try on your new clothes adorned in the jewel of Jesus. You’ll attract everyone.
See how many say you are “Becoming” . . . more and more like Christ.