Moving to a different house meant not only boxing my belongings—it also meant sorting them and either tossing or taking unneeded things to the thrift store. This was especially true about clothing.
As I packed, I asked myself, “Does this garment truly fit me anymore? Do I like the color? Does it suit me? Do I feel good when I wear it?” If the answer was yes, I kept it. If no, we parted ways.
I want to keep only the clothing that looks good on me, and that decision meant being ruthless about the rest. What a great analogy to the spiritual aspect of life!
Colossians 3:12-14 says:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
What spiritual clothing must Jesus’ followers put on? Mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love. Lots of love. When we don these garments, we draw attention not to ourselves, but to Jesus. Others are drawn to Him through us, and that brings Him great pleasure.
Let’s take a hard look at the spiritual clothing we wear. If it doesn’t match the characteristics in the above verses, then let’s be ruthless and get rid of it. Toss stuff like jealousy, envy, lustful thoughts, selfish ambition, pride, and the like. Those things don’t look good on anyone, least of all those who profess to follow Jesus Christ.
I sorted my clothing when we moved—eight years after the last move and major sort. Let’s not wait that long to sort our spiritual clothing—let’s make it a daily discipline thus keeping short accounts with God. When we’re unsure about a specific attitude item, it likely needs to go. The Holy Spirit will give the wisdom needed to make the change.
Sort on, my friend. And know you are loved.