Clothed

I keep my daughter two days a week and it’s wonderful.  There’s still a lot to learn and I’m getting there, but I wouldn’t trade the time for anything.  One thing I’m still working on is getting my daughter “dressed” for the day.  If I’m working from home and I know she’s just going to spit up or spill something on her clothes then I just leave her in her PJs (don’t worry, I don’t let her get dirty and yes, I clean her up good if she does).  Then…her mommy comes home.  “Why is she still in her pajamas?!”  Oops.  But I can’t deny it, when she is all dressed up she’s beautiful.  But more than that, she looks the way she is supposed to: like a precious little girl, presentable and ready for the day.  I’m sure we can all agree, that if we’re not clothed properly, we’re just not “ready” for the day.  Most of us feel better, we feel “right” when we’ve cleaned up and put on fresh clothes.  It’s the same with being Christian.

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10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. —Isaiah 61

As God’s people, we are clothed with His righteousness.  To put on Jesus is to be “ready for the day,” to be presentable.  In earthly clothes, we can look the part and still hide our true feelings.  But putting on Christ refers to adorning our hearts with His presence, to let His life and His power clothe and cover us, washing away our shame and our unpreparedness.  As Christian, we are prepared for what may come, because when clothed by God we have all we need.  We are “ready” for the day, but also for the pain, for the storm, for the trials.  There is no reason for any of us to lay around in our spiritual PJs.  We must wake up, put on Christ, and meet the day head-on, as a child of God does.  Don’t worry if you get the spiritual “spit-up” on you.  God will wash you, make you clean, and dress you back up again.

13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. –Romans 13

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