Monday, July 7, 2014

What to Wear

Changing out clothes. 
Let's just say me and "The Great Swap" have a love/hate relationship.
Yes, I'm thankful that I have clothes to swap out(for those of you reprimanding my shallowness in your mind).
But it's the changeover itself that I wish I could just snap my fingers and have completed. Done. Over with.
The sorting, the tossing, the decisions, the piles, the "oh my word, did I actually purchase and wear that" moments...bleh. 

I usually know it's time for "The Great Swap" when I find myself on the edge of or in the midst of a new season standing in my closet lamenting, "I don't have anything to wear!" 
And I dream about filling my closet with anything new and wonderful that I could find to fulfill that gaping hole in my wardrobe.

But we all know in reality, what I am really saying is that every outfit I've tried just doesn't work. 
It's not that I don't have clothes in my closet, I just haven't found the right clothes.

It's that "what to wear" moment that plagues us all.
And every female reading this knows how that affects not just your appearance but your whole mood and attitude! Can I get a witness?!? 

I face that question every day. And I answer it-sometimes better than others. Yikes. (Especially in the 90's- I mean I answered that question so horribly, so often.) 

I wouldn't dare randomly and blindly grab from my closet with just a mere hope that what ends up in hand works for my day and destination ahead.

And yet...I do it every day in the spirit.

My spirit. My heart. My true self. My life. The most important part of who I I ever stop and contemplate the "what to wear" moment that faces me each morning for my spirit? 

In Luke 24:49 Jesus says,
"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

Over and over in scripture we are told to clothe ourselves with Christ Jesus and the character and power found therein: compassion, humility, strength, dignity...and the list goes on. 

So what am I allowing to clothe my life? 

Just as I choose to put on physical clothes each morning, I choose to clothe myself spiritually as well. 
Or even worse, I walk around spiritually naked, exposed, unprepared.
In this passage, Jesus makes a promise: a promise of power. 
Not a power that we can muster on our own, but a power from on high- a supernatural, heavenly power. 
A never-failing, ever present, perfectly portioned power.

But instead of picking up this gorgeous garment that is exactly what I need, I stand in the closet of my mess and pilfer through the ratty torn and tattered pieces and convince myself they I will do. 
They are comfortable. And they don't draw any attention. 
I can just blend in and auto pilot my way through life as usual.
That is the effect of the absence of Holy Spirit clothed power, after all.

So here is the real question:
Why clothe my life with the enemy's reject hand me downs when in reality I am a daughter of the One true King?!?

I have full access to His unlimited power in every area of my life.
Every. Stinkin. One.

So will I reach for it? 
Will I choose to wear it?
Or will I leave it hanging there in the closet amidst everything else I've tried that doesn't work, doesn't fulfill...and go through my day whining on the inside that all too familiar, 
"I don't have anything to wear!" ? 

You may be like me, standing on the edge of a new season- or even smack dab in the middle of it- wondering what to wear. 
Feeling like nothing works. It's affecting your mood, your attitude, every atmosphere you enter.
It's time for the The Great Swap.
I won't lie, friend. It isn't easy.
There is work involved.
And some moments, it may seem like that pile never ends.

But when you pick up the Holy Spirit's power, you'll find yourself perfectly clothed for the season you are in.

Come rain or shine or heat or cold of life, you will be prepared to face it with strength and joy.

When you outfit from Victory, you no longer have to worry about trying to attain it- it's woven into very the fabric of who you are. 

Changes and choices are never easy.
Clothe yourself with power.
Jesus made a way for you to wear the ultimate power suit. 
Don't settle for rags. He died to give you riches.

What will you clothe yourself with today? 
I choose Jesus. Praying you will, too. 

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