Saturday, December 3, 2011

What are you wearing?





Scripture

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
(Romans 13:14 NASB)

Observation

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.

Application

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 wearing today?

Prayer

Lord, may I be clothed in You today and may You be glorified!

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