What’s That You’re Wearing?
Materialism is alive and well. Because of our insatiable desire to have what advertisers, social media, and popular demands raise as the “most trendy”, no effort is spared in making sure that the label, device, coffee, or auto that we buy, health club and even church we join is viewed as avant garde. Those things that cause us to feel that we have achieved a certain level of success; or are seen as being “in tune” with cutting edge; and that make one feel comfortable with those that are upwardly mobile…those things are diligently sought after. In fact, we hear various ads with slogans that appeal to our desire to look “good”. The promise is that this cologne, these shoes, or this label shows others that one has arrived. Once that status is achieved, then it is a constant quest to guard that level of lifestyle and to consistently wear the labels that let others know “who you are”. One’s ego is stroked to think that what is prestigious is within their grasp.
That is exactly contrary to Scripture. Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 1 John 2:15 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. James 4:4 – You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 1Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs
Once we enter into Christ Jesus through faith, we are to resist anything that would pull us away from being well rooted in His circle of devoted followers of Christ. We have a glorious, eternally new and expensive “robe of righteousness” that is ours from the Designer who paid for it with His blood. Make sure you take good care of it. Don’t stain it. And don’t trade it for anything of lesser value that this world would offer you!
There’s another beautiful picture of baptism given here: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Did you catch it? Baptism clothes us with Christ. We’re wrapped up in Jesus and all of his goodness in baptism. We’re clothed with his work and his righteousness. Armani, Gucci, Abercrombie and Fitch – none of those designer labels can compare with the garments we have in Jesus’ name. God “clothes” us with forgiveness and salvation. In other words, he says that these things are ours. They’re real, just like a change of clothes. All who believe that these garments are theirs have what’s needed to be part of God’s family.
The Lord offers a wonderful wardrobe for his people. It’s his Son’s life, death, and resurrection. These are ours to “wear” spiritually. God does have a dress code for his family. This is what identifies the Christian as such. Let’s face it. People often wear the clothes they do because the want to be noticed. Quite often it’s the label or the name brand that supposedly makes a person a “somebody.” Well, you want to be labeled as a “somebody”, then be labeled as one who is wrapped up with Jesus. Be labeled with Christ. Be proud that you are a Christian. Don’t be ashamed of all the Christ has done for you! God has made you part of his family. (Copied).