New Clothes

Laundry Night by Ginnerobot

Eph 4:17-32

I need new clothes!  Well not for me, but for my youngest daughter.  She’s grown and her fall clothes from last year are much too small.  The sleeves don’t reach her wrists and the pant legs are far above her ankles.  Her old clothes aren’t even comfortable anymore.  As one growing and maturing, she’s not the same as she was before.  She’s her new self… the old self is gone… never to return.  That’s a little bittersweet at five years old, but it’s a fact of life.

Our local homeschool group has a “clothing and household good swap” twice a year.  It’s a wonderful, well planned and organized event, completely free of charge, where anyone in need of donating items can bring them to leave or trade.  Anyone in need of items can come and take whatever they’d like.  Items are requested to be in “gently used” condition or better.  It’s wonderful to visit with other moms and families while “shopping” for new outfits for the kiddos.  We see some families that we rarely get the pleasure of seeing and I’m always amazed at how quickly all the kids seem to grow.  This time around, I saw some families I hadn’t seen in years and was shocked when I didn’t even initially recognize some of their children!

All of this growth got me thinking about what I’m studying in Ephesians with HelloMornings.  This week, the focus has been on putting on a “new self” (righteous and holy like our Creator) and letting go of the futility of thought and behaviors that accompany the mindset of unBelievers.

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.  …put off your old self,which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:17 and 22-24, ESV)

So, once we are in Christ, we get rid of that old self!  Just as a growing child matures into a new self and needs new clothes, we’ve outgrown our pre-Christ mindset and need to put on our new outfit of righteousness and holiness.

And what on earth does that look like?  When one looks at a Christian, they should be seeing one who lives differently.  That’s how it looks.  Our behavior should look more like Christ’s.

Paul tells us further down in this section that we are to:

  • put away lying {Speak Truth!},
  • don’t sin when we’re angry {Give the Devil NO Opportunity!},
  • don’t steal {Share!}
  •  don’t speak unwholesomely {Build Others Up!}
  • don’t grieve the Holy Spirit {After all, you’re Sealed by Him!}
  • don’t be bitter, angry, slanderous, malicious {Be KIND, Tenderhearted, and Forgiving!}

It can be a tall order sometimes, and not one of us can ever fulfill that at every moment in every situation (ehem… sin!…  and sin is exactly why we need Jesus’ sacrificial death to reconcile us to God).  But when we fall short, the Holy Spirit won’t allow us to feel comfortable… Just like my daughter in her old clothes.   And even though the order is tall, the point is that we should look like His We should make heartfelt reflections of Him and be demonstrators of His righteousness, holiness, graciousness, love, and forgiveness.

So, are you also outgrowing your old self?  Need some new clothes?  That’s a good thing!  Let that old self go, never to return, and let your new self be clothed with the adornment of Christlike behavior. 

In what areas of life has God been maturing you?

Ali

(This post is a part of a series entitled Glorious Grace Fridays: On Fridays (all or some) I’ll be sharing what God’s laying on my heart through the Bible study Glorious Grace that I’m doing with the Hello Mornings ministry. Read why I can say “Hello, Morning!”, here.  I’m  linking up this post here at the HelloMornings blog. Also linking with MissionalWomen.com here.)

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5 thoughts on “New Clothes

  1. Really beautiful, Ali! God is growing me in patience and perseverance right now . ..and I don’t think I really thought of that until I read your post and question at the end. 😀 Thank you so much and God bless you!

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