A Spiritual RSVP

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator, and become like him (Colossians 3:10).

‘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

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23 comments

  1. This is so great, Tahlitha, so encouraging and helpful! I just started reading a book (by a fellow blogger!) about our new nature and how God will give us new cravings for Him, to go along with it, as we stay in His word. God bless you and keep you as you put on Christ each day!

  2. Thanks Lady Debbie!

  3. Peter Wiebe · ·

    Some excellent thoughts. Thank you, Tahlitha.

  4. Planting Potatoes · ·

    good words indeed – let’s go! God bless your words!

  5. I truly believe that when many believers read these Colossians 3 verses they think that they can put on their new self, set their minds on things above, gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual knowledge of God, and become more like Jesus Christ all by themselves, that is, without the supernatural Power of the Holy Spirit, the supernatural Grace of God, and the spiritual Knowledge of God via the Word of God all continually working simultaneously in their lives. Sadly, this wrong thinking is why so many believers fail at living a righteous and holy life on a more consistent basis.

  6. Thank you, Peter. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Hi Mark! Thanks and God bless.

  8. Well said Rev. Nadine, I appreciate the comment. Sometimes our options are the very things that limit us. God bless you!

  9. Wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you Tahlitha.

  10. Thank you, Pastor Rob. Always a pleasure, God bless you.

  11. This is so uplifting and encouraging. (I love that phrase, “the greatest, not the latest”). We should wear our new nature all of the time (not just for an hour on Sunday mornings.)

  12. Hey Tahlitha,
    great words, such a revelation to write along these lines. cheers Graeme

  13. Hi Janna. Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful day!

  14. Thanks Graeme. And cheers to you too.

  15. I am encourage and inspired Thanks!

  16. Thank you, Larry. God and his glory!

  17. Jesus wore God well. That is a beautiful thought and a wonderful challenge. I will ask myself, “How well did I wear God today?” each evening. Thank you for the inspiring words of encouragement!

  18. Hi Erin, thank you! I’ll look over my attire too 🙂

  19. God bless you for sharing this with us, Tahlitha.

  20. Thank you Joseyphina. Your writing, your poetry is a blessing to my heart. God bless you.

  21. Thank you for visiting me and for liking one of my posts. God bless you my sister!

  22. Hi Lyn, it was a pleasure, have a great weekend. I watch Billy Graham classics on TBN. God bless you too!

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