I am ashamed to admit that if you were to open my clothes closet, something will probably fall out. It’s no wonder I have such difficulty finding anything to wear on any given day. It is a jumbled mess of poorly folded clothes placed (okay, thrown) onto a high shelf, along with a rod of mangled wire and plastic hangers.
On each hanger is an array of skirts, dresses, slacks, blouses, sweaters, shawls, and scarves that are hung in no particular order. Many of my clothes end up on the floor of my closet, covering my disorganized pile of shoes, sandals and boots.
One solution to my closet clutter would be to actually carve out some time and clean it out. I have thought long and hard about this process. I would start by taking everything out of the closet, and piece by piece, examine each article of clothing to decide if it goes or stays. The good clothes that I wear often would go back neatly into the closet, while the other clothes—the old, worn, torn, out-dated, faded clothing would be packed up and sent away, never to return to my closet again.
Then I would have greater ease finding clothes that I do enjoy wearing, and I would have plenty of room for new clothing. I’ve thought about this wonderful closet de-clutter day, but it has not happened yet. Daily house duties seem to get in the way, and frankly, cleaning out my closet would take a lot of work, time, and effort. In all honestly, it’s work that I’m not ready (or willing) to do. Can anybody relate?
Many of us approach our spiritual closets the way I treat my clothing closet. There is a lot of spiritual “clutter”. We bury past hurts and pains deep inside the closet of our hearts. Instead of skirts and blouses, these articles of clothing include unforgiveness, bitterness, shame, insecurity…but instead of “cleaning out” the closet, our hearts remain buried.
This “clothing” takes up precious space in our souls that could be dwelling places for joy, peace, and true freedom in Christ. Do you need to do a little “closet cleaning” today?
Putting on Spiritual Clothing
As we spend time with the Lord and examine our hearts, we can take off the clothing that brings death, and put on the clothing of Christ that brings life. Since we have been clothed with Christ’s power, he gives us everything we need to live victorious lives in him.
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
Not only does our Lord and Savior dwell with us through faith, we are adorned in the essence of his very nature. When you wake up in the morning, put on your clothes and get ready for the day, remember that you are clothed with power.
When you feel the old clothing of you former self creep in, clear out your closet, and put on Jesus.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Cor 5:17
If you need to do a little closet cleaning today, rest assured that our God is big enough to take care of your heart. Trust him to clear out the old, worn articles of your past that do not belong in your future. Allow him to fill your soul with his righteousness, peace and joy.
It’s time to put on your new garments of strength and splendor, and walk in complete victory!
“…she is clothed with strength and dignity.” Proverbs 31:25a