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.

~ Ray MacDonald

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.


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