Galatians 3 talks about clothing yourself with Christ. I love the wording that Paul uses in that letter. I think of why we clothe ourselves. We put clothing on for protection– protection from the elements, protection from people’s eyes. We clothe ourselves for warmth. We also clothe ourselves in such a way for particular situations. We may dress ourselves for a sporting event, a wedding, school, work, church, etc., and each way is so that we fit whatever we are attending.
Jesus protects us. He is our great Protector. He is our Substitute, who took all the world’s sin upon Him so that we would be able to have eternal life and a relationship with the Father. He also protects us from judgment. People may look with their eyes and judge, but no child of God will be ashamed. That is a promise from His Word. He also has us prepared for any event. The Bible says we will be given the words we need to say. Ephesians 6 even discusses the armor of God. The armor of God includes the sword of the Spirit, His Word.
The world is a corrupt place and it is not always very kind to us. We aren’t going to always have good days or meet up with nice people. We are not guaranteed everything will be okay all of the time. Every day, when you rise to start the day, think about getting dressed. Remember that you are not simply selecting the clothing you will wear for the day. Don’t forget that as a child of God, you are to clothe yourself in Christ. Take Him with you– allow the Spirit to help you through the day. It is a lot easier when you have on your armor. If you are clothed in Christ, you will find strength, peace, patience– it all comes a lot easier.
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” – Galatians 3:26 [NASB]
A fellow classmate brought up an interesting point today. He said that it was interesting that when John the Baptist was asked if he was Elijah, he denied it, but then Jesus said that John the Baptist was in fact Elijah. From this, he said that he felt that John the Baptist did not understand the “bigness” of his mission.
I thought about it for awhile and it got me to consider how we serve. We always seem to want to do big things for God. When we look for something to do with the church, we want to be the next Peter or Paul or John. We want to be Elijah or David. We don’t imagine a small role, because if we serve, we want to serve big.
The problem is that it is not our will and it is not about us at all. When we serve, we are serving God. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the matter. Did Peter or James know how big their roles would be for the early church? Did Paul realise that we would be studying His writings so many years to come? Were these men looking to be the biggest, or were they serving their awesome God? Were they filling the needs or were they trying to venture to be the most well known?
When we serve, we serve out of love– love for our Father. We don’t know how many it will touch and what the impact will be in the end. We simply serve. God will use those who let Him. Let yourself be used. See what He does. You may not know how far your service reaches, and maybe it will be something small– but no matter how big or small the role, you are serving a loving Father. That is what matters. Open your hands– let Him fill them.
“As each one has received a special gift, empty it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do it as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:10-11 [NASB]