Dress for Success
It’s that time of year again. Time to go back to school. I remember every year before school began my mother would take me to get new clothes because she wanted me to look my best. As I grew older I learned the importance of dressing properly. If you want to get a good job, or if you want to make a good impression, then you have to dress for success.
The apostle Paul gives the same advice in Ephesians 4, but he is not talking about externals like clothes. He is talking about internals. He tells us to “put off our old self which was a part of our old life” (vs. 22), and to “put on our new self created after the likeness of God” (vs. 24). Paul is very practical and he tells us exactly what we must put off. He says to put off falsehood or lying (vs. 25), anger (vs. 26), greed (vs. 28), and foul talk (vs. 29). Paul does not give us a comprehensive list, but these are some of the major areas we need to work on.
There is a good reason why we should put off these things. The reason is so we will “give no opportunity to the devil” (vs. 27). In the original language it literally says “Don’t give the devil a foothold.” Lying, anger, greed, and foul talk are all doorways that Satan uses. If we don’t put them off, then we are leaving the door cracked for Satan to enter. For instance, in John 13 Judas is sitting at the table and Jesus hands him a piece of bread. It is at that moment that “Satan entered into him” (John 13:27), but what door did Satan use to enter Judas. In John 12:6 we learn that is was the door of greed.
Once a person becomes a Christian they are a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). They have a new wardrobe. If you are a Christian make sure that you are putting off everything “which belongs to your former manner of life” (vs. 22). Make the decision everyday to dress for success!