|Posted on August 15, 2019 at 11:40 AM|
And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.*(In Greek have put on Christ.) Galatians 3:27
“Put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” Alarm clock rings at 520am I chug down a glass of juice, wash my face, brush my hair, pull it up, put on my workout pants, a faded t-shirt and shoes and head out the door within 10 minutes of opening my eyes. I greet the moon, my day starts before sunrise. My shower is the praise music I get to sing on the morning commute. I put on gratitude as the sunrises on my return home. One down one to go. I could let this day allow me to grow weary but it has just begun. On my thirty minute break between routes I read a few 5min devotionals like I would eat a bowl of cereal one devotional one bite at a time before I head out the door one more time.
I dress my son with a prayer of wisdom, knowledge and understanding as we turn the corner toward school and ask that God fill him with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Samson, faith like Abraham, confidence like Moses, courage like Joshua and Caleb and the power of influence like King David all in the bane of Jesus as he faces his own day. More praise music on my return ride home. Feed the dogs and sit a little longer with the LORD in His Word. I put on Christ like I put on clothes.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will be standing firm. Ephesians 6:11; 13
He doesn’t take a break and neither do I. With my morning coffee I gulp down God’s armor to remind myself each day to put on the belt of truth that helps me to defeat the enemy lies. That I stretch my arms out and put my arms through this body armor of righteousness that is the blood of Christ, the grace that was given not by my own good works but what He has done for me. I tie these shoes of peace on tight so that I can shine bright whether this day is cloudy or bright he has made me to know that I am the light while here on earth. I hold up my shield of faith from the word go to fend off the fiery arrows of doubt, deceit and dread that creep in as the day unfolds. I fasten the helmet of my salvation on tight to guard my thoughts against negative thinking and keep them fixed on Him. I take the sword of the Spirit that is the Word of God to take down every lie the enemy would have believe that say I am not enough, that I can’t stand strong and I pray at all times and if I can’t find the words to speak I give thanks for all things all the time. All before I have brushed my teeth and I am still not done.
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:10
Since God chose you to be His holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-15
Like a good soldier who trains for the battles that I may face I must also remind myself that a softened heart is the way I conquer evil, by doing what is good. Romans 12:21 that it isn’t about fighting to be first in the rat race but staying in the human race by helping my companions along the way. It isn’t my nature to do these things I do these things so that my heart will eventually follow certainly not because I wake up and feel like doing them. I learn to know how Jesus overcame. I learn to know God my Father as Jesus knew Him. I learn every single day because there is so much I don’t know. There aren’t enough hours in a day. Enough years in a lifetime to know and I started late. Some things I just have to keep learning over and over again. Keep repeating, keep re-reading. Keep writing, keep sharing. Till it becomes part of who I am. I put on Christ before I put on anything else, if just to be close to getting to know the One who knows me completely 1 Corinthians 13:12.