(Ephesians 4:22–24 NIV) 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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
This morning was like most other mornings. I got up, ate breakfast, read the Bible, got dressed and drove to work. There was, however, something in the passage I read this morning that caused me to rethink the idea of getting dressed.
There is more to getting dressed than putting on the clothes we plan to wear for the day. There is a spiritual aspect to being well-dressed for the day as well. Every morning when we wake up, we are clothed with our old nature. We don’t want to go out into world clothed with the old nature, because of all of its sinful desires and motivations. So just as we wouldn’t go to work or school dressed in what we wear to bed, we mustn’t start our day until we change out of the old nature.
The first step in changing spiritual clothes is to renew our attitude. A good start is to spend a couple of minutes realigning ourselves with our Heavenly Father before ever getting out of bed. And then, before we begin working on the agenda for the day, spend some time reading and meditating on his written Word and letting it sink into our hearts and minds. Finally, it’s clear from this passage that putting on the new self is an act as deliberate as changing clothes in the morning. How do we do that? I think it’s as simple as a short prayer:
Lord, as a deliberate act of my will, I set aside my old nature with all of its sinfulness and ask you to clothe me in your righteousness and holiness. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to walk in step with Him today. Amen.
If we make it a habit to deliberately change our spiritual clothes in the morning, we’ll always leave the house dressed for success.