Do you have any clothes in your closet or dresser drawers that you’ve had for a really long time? And that you still wear regularly? Maybe these clothes have some special significance or comfort for you. Maybe they’ve just weathered the passing of time exceptionally well. Maybe they’ve never gone out of fashion or, at least, not out of your sense of fashion!
I have a few long-lasting favorites of my own. A silk blouse and a dressy sweater – both of these I’ve had since 1987 from when we lived in France. Another favorite is my Mickey Mouse sweatshirt I got on our first trip to Disney Land after moving from France to Southern California in 1988. (I didn’t realize then that we’d be back to Disney Land for a total of seven times over the next two years with our two little girls and lots of guests!)
As amazingly well as these three articles of clothing have stood the test of time (and some very major life-changes), there is nothing more lasting than the eternally-enduring clothing – our Spiritual Wardrobe – that our Holy God and Heavenly Father has designed for us who have put our lives into His loving hands.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity.
You’ve probably heard it said, “The clothing makes the man.” Well, our God has beautifully fashioned the perfect clothing, the perfect holy covering, that will re-make every man, woman and child who belong to Him. God has perfectly and powerfully designed the Ultimate Fashion Makeover for each of us His children!
Our God begins our Ultimate Fashion Makeover from the inside out. And it lasts for all eternity. We just have to be willing to stay in God’s hands and hold still long enough to let God fully dress our minds, hearts, spirits and characters – each and every day – in His powerfully transforming, holy and eternal clothing.
God’s fashions are meant to fashion each of us into the very likeness and beautiful reflection of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Clothed with the very character of our Holy Lord – clothed in His compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love – we will reflect Christ’s beauty, and assure all those around us that our God is present with us, passionate about us and powerful through us!
So, what are you wearing? Is it time for you to invite our God to do an Ultimate Fashion Makeover in your life – right from your innermost being out? Our Lord has just the perfect outfit for each of us. And over the years, the fabric God uses for our eternal, Jesus-like makeover will only become stronger and more beautiful! What a statement His clothing will make on us!