For years, I walked around with holy socks. As in, socks with gaping holes in them. At first, it was because money was tight. Over time, it was just what I was used to (and I’m a creature of habit.) Even after someone gifted me new, thick, soft socks, I still wore the old ones. Familiarity made them the easy choice for my hurried morning routine.
Then, we had a cold winter. My holy sock habit seemed silly then. I was so thankful for new socks, their warmth and cushioning, and how easy it was to put them on with getting my toes stuck!
Wearing what was new and obviously better on my feet should have been a no-brainer.
That struck me as I thought about this verse:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothes yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” –Colossians 3:12
As believers, what we clothe ourselves in spiritually should be a no-brainer too, but it often isn’t.
We wear old, worn responses and attitudes because they’re familiar. We know how they fit, we know we’re known by them, and half the time we’re too hurried to think about it anyway.
Praise God. His Word reminds us we have a closet full of better characteristics to change into.
We’ve Got Access to New Spiritual Clothing
How ridiculous would it be to keep a shirt that’s five times too small, ripped, stained, and smelly, wearing it every day that you don’t “need to look nice?” How much more ridiculous if you had a limitless supply of shirts that fit well and suited all variety of occasions?
Every day, we have new spiritual clothing to put on- signifying the change God is working in us as He makes us more like Christ. Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience are all being offered to us through the Holy Spirit. You can’t run out of them if He’s the source of them.
Our Spiritual Clothes Are Fitting
The call to clothe ourselves begins with the reason it’s fitting to do so: we’re people God has chosen and calls holy and dearly loved. What we dress in from the heart isn’t primarily about other people, our style, or what we feel like – it’s about what makes sense in light of our standing with Christ.
Are you frustrated with someone? Patience in your response is fitting of the situation and fitting of someone who God is very patient with! You’re not putting on airs as a hypocrite or opting for self-sufficiency by genuinely choose what God offers you and says is good and right.
What You’re Clothed In Changes You
We’re not asked to go snatch spiritual attitudes out of fields, dye them, sew them, and slap them on over what we really feel. By God’s grace, choosing humility when you’d like to get defensive is actually being humble and demonstrates what the Holy Spirit is working in your heart. Showing genuine gentleness when you’d like to be forceful is gentle and a testimony in and of itself.
When you’re dressing out of God’s closet in response to what He is doing, what you choose to clothes yourself in changes your heart as well as your appearance.When you’re dressing out of God's closet, what you choose to clothe yourself in changes your heart as well as your appearance. Click To Tweet
Which of these Spirit-fit garments do you most value?