Scripture & Thought
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
I have a friend who always looks like he’s wearing an outfit no matter what day of the week it is. For some people, everything is an outfit. Their jeans are ripped in all the right places and their shirt is a certain way. They think it all through.
It’s okay to think about what we wear, of course, because we put on clothes every day. But, the apostle Paul wrote, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:14 NKJV).
Now, doesn’t Jesus Christ live in the heart of every Christian? The answer is yes, He does. So why do we need to put Him on?
The J. B. Philips New Testament puts the verse this way: “Let us be Christ’s men from head to foot, and give no chances to the flesh to have its fling.”
The picture Paul is giving us is that our clothes should conform to us; we should not conform to our clothes. In other words, let Jesus be a part of everything you do.
Make Him a part of every decision. Make Him a part of every area of your life. He’s not just Sunday Jesus. He’s also Monday Jesus, Tuesday Jesus, and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Jesus too.
Jesus should be Lord over wherever we happen to be and whatever we happen to be doing, and He should be Lord over what we watch on television and take in through social media. He should be Lord when we step out our door and Lord when we return home.
He should be Lord of all because if Jesus is not Lord of all, then He’s not Lord at all.
So, put on the Lord Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I humbly ask that you help me, and those I lead, to be completely in tune with your voice. I want you to be a part of EVERY part of my life. My desire is to be pleasing to you, and to be obedient to you. You are indeed Lord of ALL to me, and I pray for the same for those you have given me to lead. We need your help! Fill us with your Holy Spirit, and empower us to live the life you want us to live. I ask this in the strong and powerful name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.