A New Wardrobe
September 13, 2021

Today’s Devotional: “A New Wardrobe”

“Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

When I think about a new wardrobe, it amazes me how caught up everyone is concerning what celebrities are wearing on and off the red carpet. The fashion world’s lure is a promise of a “new you.” You’ve seen the ads and pictures and the before and after shots. How with a miracle makeover, paint job, or this or that pill, we can be brand new people!

Now, we all have heard the phrase, “Clothes don’t make the person,” but some have added, “but it helps.” What the world is trying to sell is that people can get a new birth through a change in how they look. But clothing is more of a cover-up to who the person really is inside.

Clothing may be able to polish the image, but it can’t polish the soul.

In our passage, Paul is describing the clothing for a whole new race of human beings called believers. They’re no longer classified by race or nationality. They are neither Jew nor Gentile, male or female, slave or free. They are instead followers of Jesus Christ.

They are a new creation, a new nation, and a new race. They’re God’s children who will one day inhabit heaven. Therefore, they need a brand-new wardrobe, one befitting their new status. And this new wardrobe will never go out of style like bell-bottom pants. Also, these new clothes never wear out. In fact, the longer it is worn, the better it becomes.

This new wardrobe is described by the prophet Isaiah saying, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

And Paul gives what this looks like as we minister to this world.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 5:12-13).

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