Monday, July 23, 2012

Wearing Christ

Galatians 3:27 says, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” That expression “put on” is the same one that is used to describe getting dressed, as in putting on a shirt. So according to Paul, all who have put their trust in the Lord (salvation) and are being obedient to Him (baptism) should be wearing Him as well.

    You can tell a lot about a person by what they wear. You can tell what team they cheer for, places they have been, or maybe their line of work. If you saw me today and I had on scrubs, a shower cap, and a mask over my face, you would probably assume I was a doctor or nurse. But if you asked me and my response was, “No, it’s just laundry day,” then that would be confusing.

     It is also confusing when Christians don’t wear Christ. We should model Him in all that we say and do. If you say you are a Christian, and yet you use language that our culture deems as profane, then you confuse the people around you. Profanity is just one example; any vice can be substituted there.

     A man recently told me that he doesn’t believe that Jesus is real because he knows a so-called Christian that watches the TV show Family Guy (the worst show on TV). Listen to this assessment from an unsaved man: “If Jesus were real, His followers would never watch something like that.” When we do, we confused the unsaved.

     Most Christians say that they can participate in sinful things because it doesn’t bother them. It may not bother you, but it confuses the unsaved, and that bothers God.

     If you have been baptized into Christ, then model Him today.   

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