Laying Aside and Putting On

… since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self … (Colossians 3).

The words “laid aside” come from a word meaning “to disarm”—as if the “old self” is weaponized and needs to be disarmed. As former enemy combatants we once armed ourselves with all sorts of “evil practices” in order to fight against God and His ways.

The words “put on” come from a word meaning “to clothe”—as if the “new self” is a garment needing to be donned for the day. Each day the Lord lays out His garments of righteousness for us to put on. Thus, along with the prophet we can say: “I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation” (Isaiah 61:10).

Lord, help us This Day to continue to lay aside evil practices and put on Your righteousness. Amen.