My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, December 3, 2011
What are you wearing?
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
(Romans 13:14 NASB)
Every day we get up and probably wonder, "What will I wear today?"
As a follower of Christ, there is one thing that we should never
forget. That is, that we should put on Jesus Christ daily! That is
what Paul was reminding the Romans. Every day of their lives they were
to remember to put on Jesus Christ. They were to wrap themselves in
Him, as if He were their outer garment, their very shield and
protection. Because they were dressed in Christ, they were to be Christ
to the world around them. They were not to be controlled by the lusts
of the world, or the lust of the flesh. Clothing oneself in Christ
meant that one could live like Christ in the world and didn't have give
in to human temptations.
The temptations of the world will always surround us. If we do not
clothe ourselves in Christ we will leave ourselves vulnerable to those
temptations. Some of the temptations are very simple, as we are
encouraged to "fit in" to the world. We try more and more to look like
and act like the world because as Christians we want to be "acceptable."
Jesus wasn't "acceptable." He was radical in the way in which He
viewed the Kingdom and our citizenship within that Kingdom. It doesn't
mean that you have to be rude and/or arrogant, but rather, simply clothe
ourselves in Christ and live like Him! Maybe that's simpler said than
done, and it is much more difficult to do if we forget to put Him on!
Every single day of our lives we must consciously take time to put on
Christ and wear Him out into the world. Only in this way can we be the
holy people of God that He wants us to be. Remember, it's not about our
holiness, but rather, His.
Just this week I read an article about Tim Tebow the football player
who puts on Christ. There are many in the world who literally hate him,
mock him, and are doing all they can to find fault in him. They think
that he's simply too good to be true. The author of the article said
that the reason the world mocks him is that he actually makes us feel
uncomfortable. Tim Tebow puts on Christ and simply by his genuine
actions it puts the world on edge, because they know they are not living
in the light of God's truth.
What would the world be like if all of God's children would put on
Christ on a daily basis. The world would be changed! What are you
Lord, may I be clothed in You today and may You be glorified!