What to Wear as a Child of God: Jesus
I thought I had finished my series on What to Wear as a Child of God, from Colossians 3. But I neglected the most important clothing of all.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ….(Romans 13:14)
Jesus is the embodiment of all that should describe those who follow Him. Paul admonishes us:
“…you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:9-14)
So when I am overwhelmed at the thought of consistently living compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love—which would be almost any day—I am so grateful that in reality I just have to put on Jesus—He is all those virtues.
And how do I put on Jesus?
He took the first step:
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Jesus put on flesh—He became like us—so we could become like Him. It’s called incarnation—God became human.
And that’s what we are celebrating at this Advent season—the coming of Jesus to give us new lives, new hope, even new clothes.
So as I look for the appropriate dress for a party, a family gathering, even a church service, I can’t go wrong when I put on the just right attire for every Christmas celebration.
I put on Jesus.
What about you? Need a change of clothes?
C2016 Judy Douglass