Friday, June 1
Clothed with Jesus
Scripture: Proverbs 19-21, Romans 13
Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Paul concludes this section with an appeal to understand the present time. Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The day is almost here. It is time to put aside the deeds of darkness and live in the light. He finishes with this verse.
Clothe yourself with Jesus. Put on Jesus. The word “clothed” is used most often in the NT of putting on literal clothes. But it is also used metaphorically of taking on the virtues, characteristics and intentions of another. Compare Colossians 3:12 (clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience) and Galatians 3:27 (all of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ).
Some think Paul is alluding to the baptismal practice of putting on a new robe—symbolic of putting on Jesus.
How do I clothe myself with Jesus? How do I put on Jesus?
I think it is about choices. The other half of the verse tells us to make a choice not to think about how to gratify our selfish desires. The first half is to make a choice to put on Jesus.
When I get dressed each morning, I make a choice: I’m putting this or that on. In the same way, I can choose each day—and multiple times during the day—to put on Jesus. I choose to be kind, instead of harsh—I choose to put on Jesus. I choose to show grace instead of judgment—I choose to put on Jesus. I choose to love instead of hate—I choose to put on Jesus.
This act of choosing Jesus over and over again each day makes me more aware of His presence and open to His power.
I choose Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, today I choose Jesus. I choose to put on Jesus, to be clothed with you, not my own selfishness.