Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 20, 2020

Off With The Old…On With The New

“…throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24

I’m not sure how many of you ladies can relate, but my closet is filled with clothes that are a variety of sizes (and, I’ll admit, styles). I just can’t seem to get rid of some things, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve actually worn them. I think, “What if I lose some weight—then I’ll fit into this again.” Or, “If I gain that weight back, at least I’ll have this to wear.” There’s even the self-rationalization that goes, “Well, I know I haven’t worn this in the past two years, but I might need it at some point.”

Chances are, I’m not alone in this because there are a lot of current online videos, TV programs and podcasts about simplifying and getting rid of our “stuff”. One popular author and host advises that if you don’t absolutely love something and it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s got to go. Others say that if clothing doesn’t fit your today-body, it shouldn’t be in your closet. And if it’s out of your current style, just let it go.

Interestingly, this is all wonderful spiritual advice as well—right from God’s Word. Once you become a Christ-follower, you are not the same person you were before. Your life has been washed by the blood of Jesus, and you have the Holy Spirit within you to guide and direct your path. Even though you’re in the world, you’re no longer to be of (or like) the world (John 15:19; John 17:14-16).

So, regardless of how long we’ve been walking with the Lord, we each have to assess the “spiritual wardrobe” we wear. Does our attitude bring us—and others—joy? Do we put on unconditional love to reflect Jesus? Or are we, perhaps holding onto a few choice pieces from the “good ol’ days” that still hang in the dark corner closets of our soul…things like lust, envy and deception.

Sisters, if something doesn’t “fit” our new self, if it doesn’t make us “look” holy and honorable to others and to our Lord, if it doesn’t create joy in our life…it’s time to toss it and clothe ourselves with the righteousness of Christ.

“Lord, help me clean out my spiritual closet and put on a holy attitude every day in order to glorify You.”

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life

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