August 25, 2022, 10:00 AM



New Clothes for New Starts

This time of year always makes me think of vacation and the new school year. Specifically, shopping for new clothes for both vacation and school. My home church always sent the youth on mission trip at the end of August and the next week we started school. Happily, our need for new clothes seemed to coincide with the end of season sales. I vividly remember getting new pairs of jeans, socks, shorts, shoes, shirts for 6 children, multiples of each for less than $100. Our favorite mall was the mall on Ward Parkway in South Kansas City. The two anchor stores were Montgomery Ward on the northside and Sticks Baer and Fuller on the south. In between there was a garden variety of specialty stores including, J Riggins, the Gap, Father and Son Shoes, 5, 7 and 9, Bakers Shoes as well as some upscales men’s and women’s stores that were local to Kansas City. It was always an amazing haul. It was a blessing the God let our little bit of money go such a long way.

I remember also how those new clothes made me feel as we started these new opportunities. New beginnings call for new ways and new clothes.


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them

2 Corinthians 5:18-19


It seems only natural that we are new creations in Christ. We have been saved through faith in Jesus sacrificial death and resurrection and faith that His sacrifice fulfills every aspect of the requirements of God’s law. Sin requires death. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, died not for His sins but for yours and for mine. Mankind gets a new start and fresh beginning; we are made completely new. Yet, too often we live as though our past was constantly hanging over our heads. Much like the people in the story of the Damocles sword lived in constant dread that the sword would become loosened and kill the person who stood underneath the sword, too often we live as though our former sins had any power over us. Let this thought sink in. We are a NEW CREATION. Our past, no matter how disturbing or sinful is our past. It only has power over us that we allow. It’s time that we as God’s chosen and forgiven begin to put on our new clothes. We need to see ourselves as clothed in righteousness, clothed in salvation, clothed in kindness, clothed in purity, in fact we are clothed in Christ.


So, I ask the question, “Where are you in your journey?” Are you endeavoring to live in the newness of life? Are you clothed as a New Creation? Are you allowing your past to cloud, disfigure or chart a path for you that God in Christ never, never intended? Is the Father using these words to probe a bit into your heart and help you see His love in a greater and more wonderful way? If so, then take a beat. Rest in Him. Surrender even your past and all your failures and trust that the journey He has you on is so much greater than your past. Don’t discount the power of God to do greater things in you than He did in His Son. That was Jesus’ promise to His disciples and that is His promise to us today.




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