Who doesn’t love new clothes? When our old clothes have faded or torn or do not fit anymore, and we are the most in need, we appreciate getting new clothes. Sometimes our clothes represent our culture or personality. Sometimes we wear very bright colors and festive outfits. In other countries, the clothing can make people look very different from us. In America, anything goes, so at times we all look very different. At other times we may look very much the same as someone else because we are wearing the latest trend. Sometimes we choose mew clothes just because we want to look different, better.
We choose a clothing of sorts when we choose Christ. We want something better than value in outward appearances. He changes our inside appearance and makes us a new person with a fresh start! As Christians, we put on faith clothing! When we come to Christ, we become a daughter or son of the King so we put on faith that identifies us as His child. I love this verse that tells us who we are in Christ:
Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise. In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises. Galatians 3:25-29
We adopt a new faith based on how the Lord has changed us, not on the outside, but on the inside. We look like our brothers and sisters in Christ because we wear the same faith clothing. We have a relationship with the King now! We are His family and each other’s family. We are inheritors of the promise to Abraham. We are all connected!
Don’t you love meeting new brothers and sisters in Christ? I do! One of the reasons I find it so special is, I realize we are not as different as we appear outwardly. We are not as different as the world would have us believe. Matters of fashion or outward appearances start to matter less and less, because we connect at the heart. We are unified by Christ and with Christ and in Christ. We are one.
You are such a good Father. In so many ways, You let us know how loved we are. Thank You for Your plan to make us Your sons and daughters. As we meet other sons and daughters, let us truly treat them like family, because they are. As usual, You have shown us something so precious today. Thank You for each new day that we can learn or re-learn something valuable in Your Word. We are only what You make us. We love You so much! Amen
Love and prayers to all! Have a great Monday!
Just me. Just His.