I got such a kick and joy this past week seeing young and old dress up in costumes. Though there is a lot we could talk about with Halloween, the costume part has turned into quite an interesting and fun phenomenon. We had some very cute and adorable little ones come to our door. One little boy was dressed as Spiderman and his mask was kind of sideways with his little nose sticking out one of the eyeholes and his ear where the other eyehole was. Kids were having fun, some so proud of their costumes. Even some parents got into it and all decked out with either a well thought out get-up costume or they just threw something on and called it good. But regardless, from young to old, people wanted to dress up, to put on something for a reason. They want to say something with what they choose to clothe themselves with.
Now obviously we could go all over the place with this topic, but as I observed people in costumes this October 31, I wondered what they were trying to communicate. Some I’m sure just wanted to have fun, others may be to shock people, or show creativity, or just be part of the group. Some did not care at all, yet some were well thought out and deliberate in what they were saying. Regardless the attire had an effect on them.
As I thought about this ‘what we wear speaks,’ a few Scriptures came to mind:
Ephesians 4:22-24 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Colossians 3:9-10 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
In the original language these Bible verses were written in (Greek) the words ‘put off’ and ‘put on’ are specific to changing our clothing; to putting on clothes and taking off clothes. See the clothing we were born with, our old original self has an effect on us. It influences us towards a life contrary to God (readRomans 3:23and Roman chapter 6). Yet, if we have come to the place where we believe in Jesus, He has made it possible to change from the old self to new self. The self we were meant to be. However, to live and experience this new self it does take some taking off and putting on.
Romans 13:14 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
To be like Jesus, to do what Jesus would do, to put on the character of Jesus; love, grace, mercy, passion to do God’s will and fulfill God’s purposes, be sacrificial, help the hurting. Just read the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and seek to love like Jesus. As well…
Colossians 3:12 12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
See, as we put on these characters of our new self, we will become more and more the person God is forming on the inside. Because what we wear speaks. So here’s a question for you: What kind of costume or attire are you dressed with? What does the clothing (not literally but the character you show), what does it say? Does it reveal Jesus?
Let’s let the world around us see this new self that is like Jesus. Let’s love like Jesus. Hum…I wonder what kind of costume that would look like; maybe not a costume at all, but the real us.
Seeking to Love Like Jesus with you,