Change of clothes

In your best high school girl voice, join me in a cheer…..

Brrrr…it’s cold out there, there must be a cold front in the atmosphere. I said, brrrrr..it’s cold out there, there must be a cold front in the atmosphere.

Okay, high school chants aside, it really is getting chilly!

As I was mumbling in my head this morning about how cold I was, common sense kicked in and reminded me to stop complaining…Fall/Winter is my favorite time of the year! What the heck am I complaining for? I’ll take cold over heat any day! That’s when I realized that wearing flip flip flops and leaving my coat behind probably weren’t the best choices.

It’s time to grab a new change of clothes.

I wonder how often we do that in our spiritual life? We vow that we will follow hard after God. We will put worldly things behind us and pursue God whole heartedly. Then we leave church after the final Sunday morning announcements, walk out, and we start complaining about how awful this new lifestyle is…uncomfortable, miserable, nothing joyful about it.

But, maybe, just like the change of seasons requires a change in clothes for us to truly enjoy it, perhaps our change in heart also requires a change in clothes. Spiritual clothes, so-to-speak.

Granted, God never said that following him would be bliss…it’s probably not going to be totally filled with the lovely smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the sound of a warm, crackling fireplace….following God is not rosy (is what I’m trying to say). BUT, Jesus did say that His yoke is easy and the burden is light. ….that is, if you have the right apparel.

I think so often we assume that we can transition into this new pursuit of God without changing a thing. But that’s not the case at all. Just like we can’t walk through a blizzard in a tank-top and shorts, we can’t strive for holiness while letting our past hurts, habits, and hangups just tag along. Our attitudes must change. Our priorities must change. Our desires must change. Thankfully God helps with that. But we must intentionally start changing the apparel of our hearts. We must put on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We must constantly, daily spend time in His presence and in His Word (after all, isn’t that how we “put on the clothes” in the first place?). We must also prepare for the brutality of this season–the attacks and schemes of the enemy (who hates that we are choosing to follow Christ)–and we must put on the armor of God.

Perhaps when we are in the appropriate wardrobe, the season won’t be so terrible after all. Perhaps we’ll realize how amazing this season truly is.

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