In with the New

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Can I tell you something shocking about me and Christmas? One of the small joys for me on Christmas day is opening presents from my mom to see what new clothes she got me. I know, right? You’re probably thinking, “Who is this guy!? He’s clearly no David Fabian or Carl Fretthold to dig receiving the coolest threads!”

Well, the truth is I can’t compete with them on style, that’s for sure. And yet, I like seeing what new shirt, fleece, or pants my mom will get me each year. Putting on those new clothes makes it feel like a new me.

Sadly, changing into a “new you” is not as easy as swapping your wardrobe for the latest trends. As the new year begins, resolutions are made to become new and better versions of ourselves, but inevitably, we return to our old ways after a few days, weeks, or months in most cases.

There’s good news, however! While we are powerless to truly change, God is able to transform us into new creations! Last week, we looked at putting away our old sinful selves. In place of those things, God invites us to put on some “new clothes” if you will:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV)

Want to become a better version of yourself? Ask God to help you put on these “new clothes” this year. Let your mind dwell on God’s words and ask Him to transform you into a new creation in Jesus. Pray that you would walk in these virtues. And when you stumble and fall back into your old wardrobe, remember the God who loves you—who gave His only Son to die for you—is the best tailor there ever was.

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