New Clothes - September 22, 2018
James Collins

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.Romans 13:12

I have terrible taste in clothes. At least that is what my wife, Amanda, tells me. When I was a little boy, my mother picked my clothes. When I grew up, the United States Army picked my clothes. Now, my wife picks my clothes.

Last week, Amanda had a garage sale. Before the garage sale, she went through all of my clothes. She took two-thirds of my stylish fashions to sell. I looked at that pile of my clothes and I got upset. She had taken some of my best stuff! She had taken my powder blue leisure suit. She had taken my white patent leather shoes. She had taken my corduroy bell-bottom britches. She had taken my wide collared shirts. She had taken my Hawaiian flowery neck ties. She had taken my black velvet jacket with a picture of Elvis on the back. She had taken some of my favorite clothes.

My all-time favorite coat was sitting on top of the pile of clothes. It is a black sports coat with flames. It looks like it is on fire. I call it my “blazer!” Get it?

I said, “Wait a minute! Those are my good clothes. You can’t sell those.” Amanda said, “Honey, your clothes went out of style forty years ago. It is time for you to get some new clothes.”

When Amanda told me that I needed to get some new clothes, I was reminded of what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 13:12. He said, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” In other words, the night is gone, the day has dawned. Let us get rid of the deeds of the darkness and put on the armor of light. Today, we would say, “The alarm has sounded, and it is time to get dressed.”

We get dressed each morning because the bed-clothes that we wear at night are not suitable for the day. You would not want to see me at Walmart in my green pajamas that are covered in little John Deere Tractors. It is not proper to wear your bed-clothes out in public.

Paul used clothing as a metaphor for behavior. There are certain behaviors that we put off because the night is over. And there are other kinds of behaviors that we need to put on because the day is near.

Throughout the Bible, righteousness is often compared to clothing. Our righteousness–the very best we can do on our own–is “like a filthy garment” to God. We can never enter Heaven on our own. But God makes us a deal. He says to us, “You do not have enough righteousness, but I have lots of righteousness. And if you will confess your sin and trust in Jesus to be your Savior, I will put His righteousness around you. And from that point on, when I see you, I will not see your sin. I will see the righteousness of My Son.”

The point is: Is it time for you to get some new clothes? Have you got a closet full of your own righteousness? Throw out your own self-works and put on the armor of light. Put on the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By the way, nobody bought any of my clothes at the garage sale. I can’t believe that nobody wanted my orange Garfield the Cat pants!

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