You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22, 24 NIV
One of the simple pleasures in life is to acquire new clothes, whether they are purchased or received as a gift. And, if you are like me, you can’t wait to wear them. I usually wear my new clothes the day after I receive them. It’s crazy but when I put them on they actually make me feel fresh, stylish and even confident.
In this verse from Ephesians we are actually commanded to put on new clothes. Really? The Bible is telling us to get new clothes? No! It means we are to take off the old self which is without Jesus and put on the new self with Jesus. It means we recognize that we are evil and need to turn to Jesus for cleansing and forgiveness. We put Jesus on by asking Him into our life and then loving Him and following His ways every day.
As a result of loving Him, our lives are new. We should pray, study the Bible, and meditate on its verses. We should get into the rhythm of going to church every week and begin fresh relationships with others who follow Jesus. Maybe we could start serving Jesus by helping at a homeless shelter, working with ladies or even children at our church.
So, as we begin this New Year, let’s adorn those new clothes. Let’s put on Jesus!
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As you get dressed this morning, put Jesus on too.
Dear God, It is a New Year. Help me to choose to put on You so that I am righteous and holy. Amen.
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