Dress for Success 

Mimi’s Mini Devotionals

Have you ever stood in front of your closet trying to decide what to wear and out of habit choose that old worn T-shirt or the extra faded jeans with tattered holes?  Then in comes your mom and says, “take that off, you are not wearing that old thing today, put on your new shirt or jeans.”

Of course you obey her, but with reluctance because the old clothes are much more comfortable. They became more comfortable with each time you wore them.

Becoming comfortable with sin happens much the same way. Little by little things we know we shouldn’t do, like little white lies, maybe sneaking around and using our cell phones after the cutoff time at night, or maybe just taking one quick peak over the shoulder of a student who makes straight A’s seems like no harm done.

Maybe we become comfortable with saying bad words, or talking behind others back. Perhaps your go to attitude is one of anger or rebellion.

When we choose over and over to do things like these we need to make some serious changes.

Much like your mom, God says “take those things off. Put on your new self.  You are my child now and you must look more like me by the things you do. “In other words instead of comfort, “Dress for Success”

Ephesians 4:24 says it like this

“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” And “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” – Ephesians 4:31

God wants us take off all the comfortable sins and replace them with what is right and good. Sometimes when we do that, it will not feel comfortable at first, like new jeans, but as you do what is right over and over again like a well worn shirt, it will feel so good.

Today, if you are wondering how to dress for success and what to clothe yourself with before you leave the house, look at this verse from Colossians 3:12.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

One last thing, before you walk out the door, look into the mirror and know that without a doubt you can make any change because of Jesus.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 NLT

Mimi loves old T-shirt’s and jeans with holes, but she loves you more.

My hope and prayer is for you to take off any old comfortable sin and be more like Christ.

Have a great week my child.