Sunday, February 6, 2011

What NOT to Wear

"But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these:  anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  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." -- Colossians 3:8-10

"What Not to Wear" is a reality program on TLC which showcases the makeovers of ordinary people.  The hosts take a woman who has a limited sense of style, critiques and disposes of her existing wardrobe, then replaces it with a wardrobe better suited to her body shape.  After a shopping spree and sessions with a makeup artist and hair stylist, the newly madeover participant shows off her new look and comments on how the experience has changed her life.

As Christians, we should also be transformed from the inside out.  In Colossians, the Apostle Paul originated the whole "what not to wear" concept by commanding us to put off the old self with its anger, rage, and ungodly attributes of our sin nature and to instead clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. "And over all these put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity" (Colossians 3:12, 14).

Can people tell by your spiritual wardrobe that you have received a divine makeover?  Is your profession of faith in Jesus evidenced by compassion, kindness, patience, and love, or do you continue to wear the comfortable garments of sin that were in your wardrobe before you received him as Savior?  If you are holding onto the sins of your past, remember that Christ's shed blood washes you white as snow and that he clothes you in garments of righteousness.  Put off the filthy garments that are stained with sin and put on the garments of love and grace.  As you do, people will take notice of the new you and their hearts will be drawn to the One who so beautifully arrayed you.

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