“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Isaiah 61:10; Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27
Every day we choose what to wear, thinking through where we will be going and what we will be doing, selecting appropriate attire. The scriptures remind us that when we are in Christ, we are spiritually dressed with Him– counted as His children, robed in His righteousness. It is vital to remember this at the start of each day, that as we consider our clothing, we are first to put on Christ, to be assured of His claim on us, to be fitted with Him in mind and body, that He be the One to identify, protect, and adorn us.
When once our thinking is right, when the truth is our guardian and the lens through which we discern and plan, when our salvation in Jesus is fixed as our identity, we can set about choosing what gets layered on top. Clean, secure, focused, what will the day require? Only God knows, but Paul instructs in clothing relevant to any task or schedule.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14
Every ‘article’ mentioned here is grounded in knowledge of the Savior, a call to consider Who He is, what He has done for us, and what He can produce in us. He is the source of kindness, peace, and love; His Spirit begets gentleness and patience. The only arming against the flesh is to recognize we battle against the flesh and must be fitted with what is heavenly, spiritual, counter-cultural. What glorious dress He provides! (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:11-17)
Heavenly Father, Thank You for clothing me with Your great salvation. May I daily be adorned with praise to You and clothing that reflects Your loveliness, grace, compassion, and love. Place on my head the graceful garland and beautiful crown of Your wisdom. Since You know what the hours will hold, guide me in putting off ugly attitudes, fear, grumbling, faint-heartedness, malice, and pride to be able to be perfectly fitted with Your character and splendor, Your strength and fortitude. May my dress identify me as Your bride, to Your glory. (Isaiah 61:3; Proverbs 4:7-9; Revelation 21:2)