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Clothe Ourselves in Christ

Romans 13:14

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

I remember as a child dressing up like a soldier and playing Combat! It was fun to pretend. I was usually Sergeant “Chip” Saunders – played by Vic Morrow. I even had a play machine gun to complete the ensemble. I remember I had an army canteen and an army backpack (for my sandwiches for lunch). My brother and I would make adventures in the sand dunes between our house and grandmother’s home. It was fun playing make believe. When we got a little older we would play in the woods or even in the cemetery next door to the parsonage.

We just finished a week of VBS at First UMC of Laurel. The theme was super heroes and many of the workers were dressed up like super heroes. The children too got to play dress up. We had real life super heroes like our local police – our local fire department – a teacher from our local elementary school – and others – come and visit with the children. We even collected funds to support them in their super hero work – over $1,000.00.

Of course – we all know that the real super hero in our life is Jesus Christ – who died to pay for our sins and to allow us into a right relationship with God the Father. We can also be super heroes by telling others about Jesus and being a light in the darkness of the world.

We tend to clothe ourselves like our heroes. If we’re into sports – we often wear clothes that advertise our favorite team – like the University of Maryland teams – or the Orioles – or the Nationals – or the Ravens – of the Redskins. If we’re into certain bands or singers or movies – we might wear tee shirts with their names on them. We might even wear a hat that represents our favorite politician.

By wearing something that represents someone or a team – we are telling the world that we support them – we like them – we follow them. Today’s passage calls us to clothe ourselves with Christ. Romans 13:14 – Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Romans 13:8–14 – 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 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. 

If we clothe ourselves in sin – we are our own super hero or Satan is. In order to follow after Jesus – in order to show others that Jesus is our super hero – we need to allow God to work on us and in us to reflect Christ in our actions – words – and thoughts. How will others know that we follow Jesus if we continue to pick the clothes of sin rather than the clothes (actions) of holiness? Let us clothe ourselves in Christ!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

July 31, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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