“What should I wear today?”
“Is this outfit right for what we are doing?”
“What is the expected attire for this occasion?”
Questions like these swirl around my head often, especially as a nanny.
I spend a fair amount of my time around small children. Sometimes, it can feel like you aren’t learning those “huge God things” when days are consumed with brushing hair, running errands, and wiping little noses.
But the other day as I got the toddler changed into a new outfit (after “boo-boo-ing” all over his old one), the Lord brought to mind a realization, stark and clear:
Just as these small children must get dressed daily,
even so I must run to the Lord and ask Him to clothe me spiritually for the day ahead.
I wouldn’t want the little ones in my care to wear the same clothes for too long – even if they are nice clothes, because they would get stinky or inappropriate for the upcoming day’s tasks.
Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. | Ephesians 4:22-24
So many times we are running on old lessons and past experiences with the Lord Jesus, rather than daily coming to Him and putting on the armor of God that is fresh, sturdy, and well-equipped for the day ahead.
Of course, when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation, we are clothed in righteousness, which never changes, praise the Lord (Galatians 3:27)! But we are asked to “put on” things every day in Scripture (see Romans 13:14, Ephesians 6:11-17, Colossians 3:12-14, and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 for examples).
Just as the Lord Jesus modeled to His followers a life of daily prayer, it is so important to daily come to Him for He will give us what is needed for all that lies ahead.
Give us this day our daily bread. | Matthew 6:11
Are you dwelling in old clothes or are you approaching God daily to clothe you for the day ahead? By the virtue of His great grace, He will always get us dressed for what lies ahead.