It doesn’t take much to dredge up memories of shameful sins. Pops into mind with barely a nudge. Long past messy ones as if they happen yesterday. Hard to let go of. Just me?
In Colossians 3: 5-17, St. Paul talks about sinful lifestyles. Sexual aberrations, greed, idolatries. You name it. Get rid of them, he declares. Put them to death (v. 5). Good riddance. Adios. And, by the way, move on.
He says, ‘But now…’ (v.8). A new time arrives. Sin’s slate wiped clean. Foibles and failures go behind God’s back, out of His sight. By His free choice. That’s forgiveness; and, not the least of all, His love. But now…!
Colossians 3: 9-10,12–‘…(take) off your old self…and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility…’ Get gussied up in your new wardrobe! Rich fabrics and colors. No expense spared. Wear humbly for you know who paid for it. You know, don’t you?
How about getting a different mirror? One so small that you can’t gaze into it for very long, because you’re busy looking out for others…for Him. Not always wondering how you look in someone else’s eyes. What they think about you. Self-absorbed. Life’s not all about you or me. Shocking, isn’t it? To think there’s others who need us and not always the other way around. Who’d a thunk it?!
Put on those… NEW …clothes! Look the way Jesus wants you to. Be more like Him. Strong and loving. Giving. Caring. Standing firm on the Bible as God’s unquenchable truth.
New clothes! You look mighty fine. Thank you, Jesus.
Lord Jesus, to live for you is life at its best. Amen.