June 24

Who Are You Wearing?

Colossians 3:9-10 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.

Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

An awkwardly phrased question that has nevertheless made it into our American lexicon is heard at nearly every awards show. As the reporter makes his or her way to the celebrity, he/she inevitably asks, “Who are you wearing?” referring of course to the name of the designer of their gown or tux.

That’s a great question to ask ourselves as we go out to face the day. We have been made new in Christ, and we are new creations with new hearts. In fact, all things are new (II Corinthians 5:17). But we have a choice as to who we are going to put on. Are we going to put on the old man? Are we going to keep identifying ourselves with what we used to be, but because of Jesus, are no longer? Are we going to slip on the “old us,” which is comfortable, and familiar, and “perfectly” broken in? Yes, it’s like a second skin at times, but if we are believers, this old nature has been dealt a deathblow at the cross, whether it appears that way or not. In spite of its deceiving “comfort,” it’s no longer a good fit for us.

Scripture gives us a lot of direction on how to put off the old and put on the new. For a clue as to its general guidelines, check out Colossians 3, which tells us to stop lying to one another and to put off “anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Instead, we are to “clothe [ourselves] with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Yet these scriptures only scratch the surface.

The riches of the idea of putting off the old man (and its associated dying weaknesses) and putting on the new (filled with grace and life) is worthy of life-long study. It is profound, exhilarating, and life-changing. It can also be difficult (“mortifying” isn’t always easy—see Colossians 3:5).

But at the heart of it is the question: Who are you wearing today? Are you making the decision every day to put off the old man, the old nature, the old habits, the old identity? And are you by faith putting on the new man, which is who you really are, and which is supported by His Word, His grace and His power? Clothing ourselves daily in the Lord Jesus Christ is the happiest, greatest clothing decision we can make.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that because of what You’ve done, we can put off the old, which is dying anyway, and put on the new. Thank You that we are being renewed every day, and we can help that process by what we “wear.”

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