Friday, May 17, 2013

Getting Dressed

Something we all do, every day, is get dressed, and I'm guessing most of us put some thought into it before we just throw on some clothes. I usually consider, (briefly), a number of things such as the weather, my activities, any meetings I may be having, whether I'm riding my scooter or driving my car, etc. Maybe my favorite time of day, clothing wise, is after I've put my son to bed and I slip into my "loungey" clothes - cotton sweats and a favorite hooded sweatshirt. Recently I was reading in Romans and this verse got me pondering...

"So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh." (Romans 8:13-14).

I love how verse 14 reads in The Message; "Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!"

What would it look like if I started each day "putting on Jesus" like I put on clothes? Immediately I think of two things;

1) Putting on my proper identity, and
2) Putting on Christ's character and attributes.

The most important thing about any of us what we believe about God and Jesus, our "theology," but perhaps the second most thing about us is what we believe about ourselves. Part of that answer can be found in the book of Ephesians. In the first 14 verses of chapter one alone, we learn a number of things about ourselves. We learn that those who are "in Christ" are Saints, are Blessed, are Chosen, are Adopted, are Sealed, are Redeemed, have an Inheritance, have Salvation, have the Holy Spirit, and more. And that's just what the first few verses of Ephesians say about our identity. I wonder how many of us live with a proper identity? I know I don't...

Clothing ourselves with Christ also means wearing his character and attributes. Of course I immediately think of the "fruit of the Spirit" - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Some of those fruit come natural to me; others I have to work at. But all of them should be part of my outfit. In addition I think of one huge quality of Jesus that God loves to see in all of his...his humility. 

"And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesusevery knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-10).

So tomorrow morning, when you get dressed, remember to not only put on your physical clothes, but put on your spiritual clothes as well. Choose your outfit carefully, and make sure you wear your proper identity, accompanied with the character and attributes of Christ. Clothe yourself in Him.

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