Change Your Clothes

Steven Laman

Read: Colossians 3:5-17

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (vv. 9-10 NIV)

It was a beautiful evening for a golf cart ride through a field with tall grasses and weeds. The outing kicked up my allergies, however. I did not get any relief until I put on different clothes. In the morning, I put on what I wore the night before, and the sneezing and watery eyes started again. Not until I took a shower and put on clean clothes did I feel better.

The apostle Paul wrote about the importance of taking off and putting on. As Christians, we need to strip off every bad habit and trait that is ungodly. Growing closer to Christ means that we will become more and more allergic to our earthly nature. Jesus stands ready to help us wash in his shower of love and forgiveness. After our Savior’s shower, if we put on the same old habits and sins again, they will only make us miserable. Instead, let us clothe ourselves in his new clothes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Next time after I go out in the field, I will remember to change out of my old clothes, take a shower, and put on a clean outfit. What do you need to take off to become more like Christ? —Steve Laman

As you pray, thank Jesus for his forgiveness. Ask him to help you put on love, not your old traits and habits.