What to Wear

Geoffrey Cox

READ : Ephesians 4:17-24

Clothe yourselves with the new self. (v. 24)

Sometimes we learn more by example than by instruction. And a negative example can be even more powerful than a positive one. In chapter two (v. 1), Paul reminded the Ephesians what they once were—“dead through . . . trespasses and sins.” Now he uses that past as an incentive for a new way of life. Paul offers a devastating description of what people without God are really like, living “in the futility of their minds . . . darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God” (vv. 17-18). Godless people living foolish, empty lives. And why? Two reasons: ignorance and hardness of heart; they don’t know God, and they don’t care! Ignorance of God leads to lives that are insensitive, abandoned to every kind of impurity and corruption (v. 19).

Do you want to copy that? That’s not how we learned Christ, says the apostle. That is the way of people without God. Then you need to choose deliberately: negatively, to put away those former ways (v. 22), and positively, to think in a new way (v. 23). “Clothe yourselves with the new self . . . in true righteousness and holiness” (v. 24). How shall we be able to recognize a true Christian? It is someone becoming visibly a new person created in the likeness of God, with the special marks of righteousness and holiness. So, what will you choose to wear today?

PRAYER

God, make me holy.