Put on the New Self By Scarlett Stough

The box arrived in the mail. I set it on the table. “What’s in it, Gramma?” my granddaughter asked. “Can I open it?” I was almost as eager as she was to see the contents. I knew what was in it. I unwrapped it. Looking at the hairy wad inside, she says, “What is it?”

It was the wig I had ordered. I have talked about buying one for at least a couple of years so when I saw the ad for this discounted faux hair, I finally did it. But would I like it?

She watches me put it on and expresses delight at this new garment. She begins looking through the catalog that came with it to find one for herself. I do hope she finds something real in her grandmother to want to imitate, not just my attempts at better appearance.

God exhorts us to “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10.)” He encourages us to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12.)” These inner qualities and other equally gracious traits create in us the true image of our Creator whatever our outer appearance might be.

My friends complimented me on my new hair style which really does look a whole lot better than my own thinning hair. I did tell them it was a wig after I got their reaction. They were all so enthusiastic because it was such a contrast to my normal simple and rather plain head of thin hair.

The new self we are to “put on” doesn’t always show in normal circumstances. These qualities shine when we are in situations that normally draws the opposite reactions of “anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language” from the “old self with its practices (Colossians 3:8-10.)”

Although the Spirit of God produces his fruit within us, we are responsible for nourishing the development of that fruit. So every time I put on my new hair style, I want to remember it is only superficial, the adornment God wants to see comes from within by yielding to the Holy Spirit’s work of renewing us into the image of our Creator.


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