What Kind of Clothes do You Like to Wear?
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13.14
“So, do you have any hidden sin that would stop you from becoming a Christian?” That is the question that my coworker dropped into the lap of the teen girl seated on the other side of the kitchen table just last night. I cringed as I waited for her response.
This little girl had professed Salvation at least three times in three years so there was reason to doubt if she really knew what Salvation was. I, however, wasn’t expecting his question either. Our friend didn’t bat an eye before saying, “I did have a hidden sin before I gave it up. I had trouble with the clothes I wore.”
Clothes, that sin that seems to be a real stinker for many and not all that important for others. Do the clothes we wear make that much of a difference in our relationship with Christ?
I can tell you from personal experience, living in a tropical climate, that they make a BIG difference! In Brazil the summers can be hot. With hot summers less and less clothing is worn. Less clothing means that a man must protect his eyes even more than normal.
So, our teen girl’s “hidden” sin was out in the open and she had conquered it! Praise the Lord!
Reading in Romans this week brought me to Paul’s idea about how we, Christians, need to dress. He said, But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
Wearing the right kind of clothing, tropical climate or not, is vital for a closer walk with the Savior. But just what did Paul mean? How does one put on someone else?
Back in the 60s and 70s I heard the phrase often, “You’re putting me on!” It had the connotation of, “You are KIDDING me right?” Paul wasn’t kidding about putting on Christ.
The English word “Endue” means “to outfit” and the Greek word that Paul uses (ενδυσασθε) is similar in appearance and meaning. Paul’s word means to “sink into”. Picture a lush robe just after a hot shower on a frigid night! It is a wonderful experience. The robe envelopes and hugs your body, keeping it warm and snug.
We “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” in a similar way when we first acknowledge Him as, note the word order, Lord, Jesus, Christ. When we allow Jesus as Lord of our lives we are “putting Him On.” A Lord is someone who has commanding control of the situation. When we put Him on as Jesus we acknowledge Him as our Savior. When we put Him on as Christ we accept Him as God’s Messiah or Sent One.
Putting on Christ is not something that happens one time and poof we’re perfect! It is a daily putting off the old man and putting on the new in Christ (see Ephesians 4). I will be returning to this thought from time to time in the next few weeks. So let’s get ready for a change of wardrobe!