Have you ever watched the show “What Not To Wear?” They take a woman with a missing fashion gene, give her $5000 and we get to watch the transformation. She has to bring all her clothes to New York and the host and hostess of the show make fun of all her wardrobe. They take each item and throw them into a trash can. Then they begin to teach the woman what not to wear and what looks good on her. They always make the woman look 100% better. But every one of them balks at first. As they get into the 360 degree mirror they put on their Mickey Mouse shirt and pajama pants and say they wear that outfit to the store. They really think it looks ok. Now the hosts are not fundamental Christians but they always put the person in a skirt or dress. It is quite amazing what the right clothes can do for someone.
Do you think God cares what you wear? I think He does. There are many scriptures that speak of how a woman should dress. We should be modest and dress like a woman and not wear that which a man would wear. But there are other things that God wants out of our spiritual closet.
Not only are there clothes we shouldn’t wear, there are attitudes we shouldn’t put on either. Let’s look at what God has to say about what we should not wear.
Ephesians 4:21 “If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Paul said we are to put off the “old man”. Do you have some clothes in your closet that are just old and you need to get rid of them? I keep clothes a long time but some of them just get out of style. I have a hard time throwing them out. I just have to take a hard look in my closet and say, these have got to go. Let’s look at some “old man” attributes that we as Christian women need to get rid of.
- Evil Speaking – The Bible says for “evil-speaking” to be put away from you. Put away lying and corrupt communication. Three times in these scriptures, Paul says to put off the old man concerning your speech and put on the new man by being kind. Our mouths can get us in a whole lot of trouble. “ I’m just telling the truth”. Well, you don’t always have to say everything you know. I have been talking with a lady trying to help her in her thought life. She has trouble forgetting the past and thinking on the good things. She lets the devil get the best of her and keep her discouraged and defeated. One of the scriptures verses she is studying is Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I have been telling her to think on these things instead of letting her mind run wild with negative thoughts about things she can do nothing about. I was talking with her and she made a comment about someone and I really didn’t think about it anymore after she said it but she called me later and said, “Hey, I need to apologize to you.” I said, “What for”. She said, “about that comment I made the other day about so and so.” I said, “I haven’t even thought about it again.” She said, “I know, but it was unnecessary. It was true but it was unnecessary.” I thought, “Wow, this thing is working!” What she said was so right. A lot of what we say may be true but is it necessary? Paul said, take off evil speaking, lying, corrupt communication. You don’t need to wear that! It is out of fashion for a Christian. How is your speech to your children, your husband? It is that which becomes a woman of God? You may have worn that old habit for a long time but it is time to let it go. It is out of style for a Christian.
- Anger – God’s Word says we need to put away anger. Oh, you may hide it but it is there. Seething under your skin and making its way out in ways that are so unattractive. Anger is like a dirty garment. I don’t like to be dirty. If I get something on me, I can’t wait to get it off. I get out in the yard and get in the dirt and pull up weeds, sweating, crawling around on the ground. When I am finished I can’t wait to pull those clothes off and get in the shower. Oh, how good that feels! Cool down, put on clean clothes. But you know some of us like to keep those old dirty rags when it comes to anger. We like to keep it on even though it is dirty and makes us look bad. We think others can’t see it but it is there in plain view. Take it off. Don’t be angry. We’re angry because we haven’t fulfilled that dream we had as a young girl of maybe finishing college or having that career we thought we wanted. Now we’re married with a family and it is so hard. We’re angry because we don’t have the money we thought we would have. We don’t have the house or car we thought we would have by now. Will these financial struggles ever end? And we let that anger simmer inside us. It affects our relationship with our children and our husband. We’ve always got a headache or some other illness and we are ineffective for Christ. It is anger manifesting itself inside us. Pull that old garment of anger off. It is so unbecoming.
- Complaining Spirit – This is like having a stinky perfume on. Nothing is worse. Sometimes when I am in choir practice someone will come in like they have taken a bath in their perfume. It just about chokes me to death. There have been several occasions that I have had to leave or stand at the door because my throat just closes up. The choir director asks us to not wear perfume because it bothers so many people but I guess when you pay $50 for a bottle you want to use it. A complaining spirit is like that perfume. It leaves a trail behind it, it affects the air around it and it can rub off on other people. What kind of trail are you leaving? When you come into a room does the atmosphere change for the good or for the bad? When we complain it just brings everything down around us. And it rubs off on others. You ever get around someone with a complaining spirit? Before you know it you are complaining too. You might have been in a good mood but they have brought you down to their level. Take off the complaining spirit. It stinks!
- The scripture says to put off all the sins and negative attitudes that the “old man” possessed and put on the “new man” in Christ. There are many attributes as Christians that we need to put on. II Corinthians 5:17 “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away behold all things are become new.” I love new things. I love to buy new clothes but don’t like to give up my old clothes. It is just like that in the spiritual realm. I want to put on the new but have trouble getting rid of the old. So what are some things we need to put on?
- Kindness – One of the fruits of the spirit is kindness. It is just the right thing to do but it seems it is a struggle because God has to command us to do it. We all want to be treated with kindness. We should be training our children to be kind. But instead we train them to be whiners and always get what they want. Kindness thinks of others. Kindness puts others first. This is something you should wear. You want to be in style? Put on kindness.
- Forgiveness – The whole theme of Christianity is forgiveness. It is the ultimate act that emulates Christ. Christ forgave. He continues to forgive. We are to be “Christians”, “little Christ’s”. Jesus is our example, we should be forgiving. Not only to our friends but our family. Forgiveness is a lovely garment that looks good on any woman no matter what shape or size or age.
- Love – Love is the glue that holds us together. Love bonds us as one. Love is what makes us different from the world. What better clothing to put on than love? Don’t say you are a Christian if you don’t love people.
- Salvation – you can’t begin to put on all the loveliness of Christ unless you have put on salvation. That is the first step. When we accept Christ as our savior, he clothes us with His righteousness and goodness. He gives us everything we need to change from the old man to the new man. What a wonderful savior we have!
If I were to put on a white uniform with a little white hat with a red cross on it, white hose and white shoes, what profession would you think I was in? If I had an apron on and a hairnet and was holding two potholders where do you think I was working?
If I was wearing a blue sweatshirt with a wildcat on the front, would you think I was a Louisville fan? No, because I am a big Kentucky fan! What we wear identifies us.
What does your spiritual closet look like? Is it full of bitterness, greed, jealousy, envy, hatred, backbiting, anger, malice, etc? If it is, get rid of it. It is not what you need to be wearing.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
Clothe yourself in the image of Christ. Put on all the glorious attributes that are available through Jesus.
Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Jesus wants us to be beautiful for Him. You want to dress like a million bucks? Put on Jesus Christ.