Devotions, Retail Ready

A Whole New Wardrobe

(The following excerpt is taken from “Retail Ready: 90 Devotions for Teens in the Workforce”, available for purchase on Kindle for $7.99 or in print from Amazon for $9.99.)

Read: Colossians 3:1-17

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” – Isaiah 64:6

I looked up from my conversation as a sandy haired cowboy strode through the double doors, his clothes covered in muck. In farming and ranching country, we get an awful lot of muck covered customers (many wearing that special men’s cologne “Eu de Cow”), but this poor gentleman looked as if he’d fallen into a pond of it and rolled around a few times.

“I have to be somewhere in an hour and I don’t have time to go home. Would you help me with some clothes?”

His tone was urgent and I readily walked with him to the clothing department where we began the process of selecting an entirely new wardrobe. Retiring to the changing room, he tried everything on at once, then folded his dirty clothes and headed for the check stands where I faced the distinct challenge of ringing up his purchase.

Doubtless, the two of us were quite a site as I attempted to remove each of the security tags from his garments. Our de-tagger was firmly attached to the counter and he had to perform the work of a contortionist in order for me to remove each security device! Having completed the sale, I gave him one final look over, then released him: a new man.

Scripture tell us that we, too, became “new men” when we placed our faith in Christ. Our old man has been crucified with Him and we, like my customer, have exchanged the muck-covered garments of our sin for the spotless new wardrobe of His righteousness.

Challenge: Are you still dressed in the righteousness of Christ or are you struggling with the temptation to put on the “muddy” garments of your own best efforts once more? This week, find someone to partner with you to help keep you accountable to God and encourage you to rely on His work for you rather than upon your own efforts!