My mom, sister and I used to love watching TLC’s show What Not to Wear. It was great. They take a man or woman who has terrible fashion sense, throw out all their clothes, and start a wardrobe over from scratch. My favorite part was always the shopping. I used to seriously consider dressing like a bum to see if I could get on the show and have them hand over a $5000 gift card. Wowza.
This show came to my mind this week while I was thinking about the sermon from a couple of Sundays ago. It was out of Ephesians chapter 4:
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you have not so learned Christ,if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus:that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Let’s focus on that second paragraph. Just like in the show, you must put off your old self. Throw that in the trash can. You don’t need those baggy pants of ignorance. That old shirt of blindness is so yesterday’s news. And let’s not even start on those shoes of lewdness and uncleanness.
So get rid of those things. Take them off. They aren’t the garb of a follower of Christ. You have been set free from those things. The Lord has called you to turn away from all ungodliness. The Bible says in Titus 2:11 & 12:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
Now we don’t just take off ungodliness. Imagine if that show ended after a person’s wardrobe was all thrown away. They most certainly can’t walk away naked. That would be awkward. So also are we as Christians called not only to put away our old selves but to put on the new man created in righteousness and holiness. Putting off the old self is simply not enough. That leaves us open and vulnerable to the world and the devil. Instead we are expected to cling to the new man God has created, holy and righteous. Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
It’s like the final outfit at the end of What Not to Wear. The participant comes out of the dressing room, wearing an entirely new outfit, bought under the instruction and & supervision of Clinton & Stacy. If we, under the direction of the Lord and instruction of the Bible, put on pure things of holiness & righteousness, we will be new. The old things are gone, and we are a new creation in Christ.