Day Twelve
Pastor Jeff Schlemmer
“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ...” Romans 13:14 (NIV)

Most people have some form of style when it comes to the clothing they wear. Some love to dress up. Some love to be casual. We wear what we like, what’s comfortable and makes us feel good. Clothing identifies us and describes us. It gives others insight into who we are! This is especially true when it comes to some occupations. For example, when you visit the hospital, you are instantly aware of who the doctors are by the type of apparel they wear. Their clothing informs you to a degree about who they are or what they do. Did you know the same thing is true of followers of the Lord Jesus Christ? It is! We have a special kind of apparel that God expects us to wear, which identities and connects us to Him. No, it’s not putting on a bible costume and sandals every morning! It’s not covering yourself with Christian bumper stickers or wearing a large cross! It would be great if all we had to do was put on a “Jesus” tee-shirt, and others would magically follow us to church. But that’s not at all what it means to be “clothed in Christ.”

The Apostle Paul speaks of this wardrobe in Romans 13:14 when he tells us to “Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 tells us that “our style” is not from our outward appearance but from the heart! To be “clothed with Christ” is being so full of Christ’s love that it is seen in our actions, our words, and our attitudes. It’s seen in the way we act and the way we treat others. It’s all about us making the conscious decision to be imitators of Christ in everything we do so that others will see Jesus in us! 

Being clothed with Christ is the deep desire to live in such a way that those around us who are not close to Christ know that Jesus is real in us, and He can be real in them too! Just like looking at a doctor tells you who they are and what they do, people should be able to view our lives and be able to know that we belong to Jesus! When someone looks at me, I don’t want them to see me; I want them to see Jesus. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the people in your life recognize something “GOOD” different – GOD different about you, because they see the “clothing” of Jesus even more than they see you? We should long to be clothed with Christ! We want others to see that we belong to Jesus, so they will want to belong to Jesus too! So do a spiritual health check! What does your spiritual wardrobe look like? When others look at you, what do they see? Do they see you or Jesus? Take time this week to look into the mirror of the Word of God. Check up on your spiritual wardrobe (James 1:22-25.) What do you need to add to your wardrobe? What do you need to change? What do you need to remove? Make the decision to be more attentive to your spiritual health so others can see Jesus in you!

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to live my life in such a way that people will see Jesus in me. Help me to shine your light so others will be able to tell that I belong to Jesus and they will want to belong to Jesus too. In Jesus’ name, Amen!