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Need a New Wardrobe

DO You Need a New Wardrobe?
Thoughts from  Titus Women’s Zoom Bible Study on Zechariah
Laurie Rambo

Educators use the term spiral curriculum to describe an approach to education that involves regularly re-visiting topics over the course of a student’s education. In the book of Zechariah,  God revisits the visions given to Zechariah to make His message clear. Like Zechariah, sometimes we just don’t quite “get it,” and Jesus needs to take us through the same lessons in deeper ways.
One of the lessons we may need to revisit regularly in our spiritual curriculum is that of the “great exchange,” illustrated in Zechariah 3. In this vision, the high priest exchanges his filthy clothes for white robes and a white turban. It foreshadows what Jesus does when He takes “our sin and our sorrow and makes them His very own.”
This image of being clothed in pure garments is found throughout Scripture. In Colossians 3, Paul spells out this great exchange down to the nitty-gritty. Jesus wants to deal with specific piles of dirty laundry in our lives, the things we hide in the corner, toss to the back of the closet, or shove under the bed thinking no one sees, the sins of our flesh and of our spirit (Colossians 3:5-9). He wants to transform our “wardrobe” completely by the power of His Holy Spirit so that we can be “His chosen people, holy and dearly loved” (Colossians 3:12-17).
The beautiful exchange is this: all of ourselves for all of Jesus. His life for our life. His love for our love. We receive Jesus, in whom the very fullness of God dwells. And what do we give Him? We give Him all of ourselves, our ugliness, the sins of our flesh and spirit, and then we are “dressed in His righteousness alone.”
Just as we choose clothing to wear every day, we need to get dressed in our prayer closet day by day, letting the oil of the Holy Spirit flow through us and cleanse us. Then, by His power, we can clothe ourselves “with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” We can “bear with each other and forgive one another…” By the indwelling, transforming power of the Spirit, we can “forgive as the Lord forgave….” Over it all, His love will “bind us together in perfect unity,” not just with those around us, but with God Himself, Father Son, and Holy Spirit.