He is our LIFE, our CLOTHING!
Romans 13:14, But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
In the One Year Bible reading this passage reminded me of the mission’s trip I took to Haiti several weeks ago. This was my third trip to Haiti and each time God works in such miraculous ways, that not all becomes evident until I return to see the full revelation of His word applied to me daily. The VBS centered on Ephesians 6:10-18, which instructs us to “put on”... The Whole Armor of God. The passage encourages us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might by “putting on” the belt of Truth, the breast plate of Righteousness, covering our feet with the gospel of peace, and above all taking the shield of Faith to shield us from Satan’s darts. Continuing with the helmet of salvation, the word of the Spirit, which is the Bible and finishing with praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to the end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
So you can see why the phase “put on” got my attention.
Here in Romans we are told to PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! The verb "PUT ON" means to put on clothes, to clothe oneself. We are to clothe ourselves with Christ. We are to PUT ON His character. Clothes are very visible. When people look at us they can easily see our clothes. Clothing is noticed. When people look at us can Christ be seen? Can He be seen in our conduct? Do they see a life that is being lived for self or a life being lived for the One who died and rose again for us (2 Cor. 5:15)? Do they see the Lord Jesus, or do they see the ugliness of the flesh?
To us it seems like an unusual expression to speak of PUTTING ON A PERSON, but the Greeks understood this language to mean "to imitate His example, to copy His Spirit, to become like him.” We are to put on the lovely character of the Lord Jesus Christ so that He might be seen.
Become totally “put on” with Him. He is our LIFE, our CLOTHING!
“Put on” Christ!