It’s that time of year when families head to stores for back-to-school shopping. New clothes for a new school year just go hand in hand.
The Bible talks about clothing that is of greatest importance. In fact, doing without it would be the worst possible choice anyone could make. On several occasions, the apostle Paul told anyone who would listen his thoughts on clothing.
To the church in Rome, he said, “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14).”
To the church in Galatia, he said, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:27).”
To the church in Colossae, he said, “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).”
Paul is among those first century Christians who would be more than qualified to speak on the topic of clothing because his spiritual journey led him into situations where he had to do without.
“I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked (2 Corinthians 11:27).”
Surprisingly, with everything he went through, Paul did not write about the kind of clothing most of us are familiar with. But rather, a kind of clothing that is even more important. Spiritual clothing.
To the church in Ephesus, Paul goes even further in explaining the importance of clothing ourselves in Christ through baptism, and applying His qualities to our lives. He likens truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, and prayer to armor that Christians need to put on in order to win our daily spiritual battles.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11).”
Yes, it’s always fun to get a new shirt or new pair of shoes. But when it comes to what really matters, it is much more important to make sure our spiritual wardrobe is well stocked for whatever challenges are certain to come our way. Earthly clothing styles come and go. Jesus and eternity are forever.
Have a great week!
Barrett Vanlandingham is the Youth Minister at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. Reach him at (918) 478-2222 or email@example.com.