PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON
Rom. 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
I remember growing up wearing my mom out with my different outfits I just had to have as a child. There was Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier and there was multiple cowboy outfits (I remember even having to tie the holsters on my leg for fast drawing in pretend gun fights). Then there was the superman outfit and baseball uniform and my all time favorite, Zorro. It seemed like there was some kind of power connected to the different get ups that I had to have. I wonder if there was some kind of spiritual preparation going on? Maybe I was being prepared to put on Christ after my conversion. A. B. Simpson spoke about the importance of putting on Christ in our daily life.
“For Paul every exercise of the Christian life was simply the grace of Jesus Christ imparted to him and lived out by him. To be holy meant to put on the Lord Jesus and all the robes of His perfect righteousness which Paul describes so often in his beautiful letters. “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, he says to the Colossians, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Colossians 3:12) None of these things is regarded as an intrinsic quality in us. Rather, they are all imparted graces from the hand of Jesus. And even in the later years of life, and after the mature experience of a quarter of a century, we find Paul exclaiming, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may win Christ, and be found in him” (Philippians 3:8-9). Lord, enable us today to go out, clothed in Thy robes of perfect rightness, and with our hearts in adjustment with Thy perfect love.”
All the different graces that we value in life; kindness, purity, compassion, mercy humility; all they are is a description of the life and graces of Christ. Everyday we face all sorts of challenges and temptations. We are no match for any of these issues dressed in our own skin. We have to go into our “phone booth” and put on our power clothes. When we put on Christ we are actually doing just that, putting on Jesus Christ. He is more than a match for anything we may find ourselves in. If we are dealing with sickness, He is The Lord that heals us. If we are facing temptation, He is the righteous Lord who not only forgives but lives this righteous life in our skin. If we are facing decisions and problems above our pay grade, He is the wisdom of God. Don’t risk going out into life naked, put your clothes on.