Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Although it is true that you cannot judge a book by its cover, how a person dresses says a lot. I may not be a priest by the Catholic definition of the word, but if a person who did not know me came walking down the street and saw me dressed in the black attire of a Catholic priest, they would be inclined to believe that I am a Catholic priest. Likewise, if a young girl was walking down the street and scantily clad, a young man would be inclined to believe that she was a certain type of girl, which she may or may not be. You get the idea.

The apostle Paul exhorts the saints in Colosse to put off the old way of living and put on the new man which is renewed in the knowledge of Him that created him (Colossians 3:10). When you look at what we are exhorted to put on, you see a beautiful picture of The Lord Jesus Christ. Listen to how Paul writes it in our texts today: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Colossians 3:12-14) To put on means to be clothed. It is like reaching into your closet and choosing the kind of shirt or skirt that you want to wear that day. To put on is another way of saying, ‘Let’s dress ourselves each day to look like Jesus Christ.’

In the body of Christ, we have One Model and that is Jesus. To be like Him, we must be clothed with holiness, mercy, kindness, meekness, long-suffering, forgiveness, and above all of those things, love or agape, the Jesus kind of love that is the bond of perfection. That clothing is also the fruit of The Spirit. So let’s connect a few dots about how a Christian man or woman should dress. It is all based on completed redemptive facts. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:26,27) Through faith in Jesus Christ’s perfect sacrifice, we become children of God and at the moment of regeneration, we were baptized into Christ. NOW, start living out that new life that you have in Jesus by the power of The Spirit. Refuse to let the old wardrobe dominate your thinking and lifestyle. Dress like Jesus. Selah