‘Get dressed up in Christ’ is apostle Paul’s invitation to the church of Colosse. And not to the appearances of this world, lust and deception (Ephesians 4:23) but in the fullness of the crown of Christ, righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24). To take off the party hat (our sinful nature) and to wear the crown (our new nature). And not for the sake of having ‘bling’ or to blend in but to wear well the glory and honor of God’s love.
Through the apostle Paul’s life we learn how to clothe ourselves, how to dress for success daily, in Christ. …”you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
Jesus wore God well (Colossians 1:15).
Whether He sat and ate dinner with sinners and tax collectors in Matthew 9, was a guest at a wedding feast in John 2, or having His last supper with His disciples in Luke 22, Jesus made a clear distinction between himself and the world, humbly setting aside His divinity but not His high-calling (Philippians 2:7). That it was the depth, the heart and the soul of a person, not the superficial that He came for. We see time and again that Jesus didn’t come to party but that He came for us, for us to celebrate…The Good News.
Once we accept (and follow) Jesus.
We are given so many attributes of God through the Holy Spirit “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control” (Galatians 5:22-23). God would rather us take off fear and timidity, worry of what others might think of our new attire, and put on and wear well, His Spirit. Not some of the time but all of the time.
Your choice as a Christian, your choosing to see God in all of your decisions may seem interesting, even strange, to some. To make daily commitments that incorporate power, love, and a self discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). And not to see them as optional attire but as His glory on display.
The greatest, not the latest.
Our new nature is the result of Christ dying for the old one. Our plight is now our praise. We Christians show ourselves approved not by wearing the latest fashion but by putting on and renewing ourselves daily in scripture and living it out.
So let’s go Christians! We are so much more like Christ when we can look in the mirror every morning, and by the end of the day, see Him and not ourselves (Galatians 2:20).
© tahlitha chadwick