Devotions By Jan

Dressing in Layers

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dress-in-layersScripture for Today: Romans 13:14  “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

It only makes sense to dress in layers when the weather is unpredictable or changeable.  When living in Southern California the weather did not vary quite so much as compared to Alsace, France.  The change in seasons here is readily recognized by how many layers one is wearing.  But I also wear a number of layers when traveling by plane.  More than once my suitcase has been too close to the weight limit and I end up wearing as many of my clothes as possible!

Our verse for today talks about being clothed with Christ.  The saying, “clothes make the man” has been around in some form since the time of Ancient Greece.  The impression we make with our clothes has a lot to do with our identity and how we are perceived.  Using the image of clothes, this verse teaches that we have a choice in how far we identify ourselves with Christ.

As believers we are told in Col. 3:9-10 to put off the old self and put on the new self.  Our new self or nature is to reflect the One in who’s image we are being transformed.  The desires of the old sinful nature are not to be indulged.  Christ gives us the desire and the power to live differently out of the new nature.

I wonder in what layer of clothing the image of Christ is seen in me?  Do I make Him visible in the outermost layer, or is He hidden beneath?  If I am living solely for my own selfish desires, then perhaps there are layers covering Christ presence.

Lord, may Your beauty and character be seen in me today.


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