You Have a New Wardrobe


S. (scripture) Colossians 3:9-11 (MSG)9-11

Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. 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. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

O.(observation) In these verses of Scripture, Paul is not only telling the Believers in Colossae how not to live but why they should live a certain way. Using the analogy of a new custom-fitted wardrobe, Paul parallels it with their new humanity in Jesus Christ. He reminds the Christians in Colossae and you and I today that since God has given us a new custom-fitted wardrobe (so to speak), we have a responsibility to strip off and get rid of the old stuff, for it no longer befits us. The new wardrobe ironically isn’t about what we wear but refers to the condition of our heart which dictates our thoughts and actions. In other words, Paul is letting us know that because God has made our hearts anew, what we think, say, and do should reflect our new humanity (new wardrobe) in Christ, as we are clothed in His image.

A.(application) Not too long ago, I gave a dress of mine to my granddaughter that I had held for 20+ years with hopes of one day fitting into again! Though I could have possibly lost the weight to fit the dress, the dress no longer fitted me. What I mean is that the dress was designed for a much younger person more than someone my age. As I reflect on the day, I gave the dress to my granddaughter (who happened to love it, thinkin it was retro), I can better hear what Paul is telling us. As we grow in Christ, we should desire to let go of some habits, practices, or behaviors that no longer resemble who we are. I realize that letting go may be challenging for us (remember, I held my dress a long time), yet, when we let go of things for God’s glory, He empowers us to do so.

P.(prayer) Father, I pray that my Sistahgurl will be empowered today to let go of the old wardrobe and put on the new wardrobe you have custom-designed for her.