We all have one in our closet. Admit it, you have one too. It’s one perfect outfit. One article of clothing or an accessory that, when you wear it, makes you feel unstoppable. What is it about that outfit that makes us feel so powerful? For me, my perfect outfit shows the world externally how amazing I feel on the inside. It’s a reflection of my personality. It’s a signal to others that I am confident, happy, approachable, caring, someone they want to know. (Incidentally, it’s currently a flower print sundress.)
Paul knew what he was talking about when he suggested that we clothe ourselves in Christ. When we’re clothed in that perfect outfit, nothing can stop us and we’re a positive influence on the world. When we wear our most sinful selves, it’s like a stain on our perfect outfit. When we clothe ourselves in Christ, the light of Christ shines so brightly from within us – we are most certainly a positive influence on the world when we are wearing Christ!
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.
But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.