What to Wear

It’s not much of a problem deciding what to wear these days. Besides riding my bike (which won’t happen much now that it’s getting colder), I go to the grocery store once a week and that’s about it. I imagine at some point I’ll need to shake the dust off some of my hanging clothes and wear them again.

Maybe you’ve also enjoyed not worrying about what to wear during this strange year. Instead of thinking about the clothes in our closets, we might want to turn our thoughts to what the Bible says about our wardrobe. At least three verses talk about what to wear: Romans 13:14, Colossians 3:10 and 3:12. I like to read them in different versions of the Bible to get a feel for the full meaning. Romans 13:14 says to put on Jesus (ESV); clothe yourself with the presence of Jesus (NLT); fully immerse yourselves into the Lord Jesus (TPT). In Colossians we are told to put on the new self and to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (NIV).   

Even if you do spend some time in the morning figuring out what to wear, it’s a good opportunity to think about putting on Jesus with each article of clothing. We could even assign the characteristics in Colossians to our socks and shoes, praying for compassion as we put on the left sock, humility as we put on the right one, kindness with one shoe and gentleness with the other. We can pray for patience as we put on a shirt. As we get into a jacket, think about putting on love over all, “which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:14, NIV).

Instead of fussing over what to wear, we can turn that time into a time of prayer and let the Holy Spirit choose how to clothe us. I’m sure he more style than me anyway.