What to Wear?

David Muyskens

READ : Colossians 3:12-17

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. (v. 12)

A boy was headed up the stairs. His mother asked him where he was going. The boy replied, “I’m going up to my room to change my attitude.”

Paul told the Colossians to put on a new suit of clothing, a new attitude. Put off your old ways, he wrote to them, and instead wear compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Fear, anxiety, and anger so often clothe us. We think we will enjoy wearing the egocentric pursuits of esteem, power, and security. But these self-centered attitudes need to be discarded as we put on Christ. They may be well-worn and comfortable. They may be glamorous. But they are not the right fit for who we are in Christ.

The new wardrobe that Christ gives us is of his manufacturing, not ours. Yet we have to be willing to take off our old garments in order to accept his new ones.

Your prayer closet is your dressing room. Prayer is an act of consent to the transformation that Christ wants to give us. Through prayer we let go of selfish desires and place ourselves in the will of God. With prayers of adoration, confession, and quiet communion we allow the Spirit to work in us.


Christ Jesus, clothe us in attitudes of faith, hope, and love. Amen.