Wednesday, November 7
PUT ON CHRIST
11 Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Paul is drawing from the illustration of taking off and putting on clothes. When you get dressed in the morning, you mostly likely plan to wear clothes that are fitting to what you’re going to do that day. For example, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to wear pleated pants and a button up to the gym and then to the park. As a Christian we’re intended to “wear” on the outside the types of attitudes and actions that are fitting to those who call themselves followers of Christ. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “We must cast off before we can put on. “The rags of sin must come off if we put on the robe of Christ. There must be a taking away of the love of sin, there must be a renouncing of the practices and habits of sin, or else a man cannot be a, Christian. It will be an idle attempt to try and wear religion as a sort of celestial overall over the top of old sins.” (Spurgeon)
Today simply ask God to reveal to you the areas that you’re still wearing the “old” and to make it clear what “new” things you need to put on. Ask God for the strength to remove from your life the things that are harmful and only serve to satisfy the flesh. Today put on total freedom and joy that comes when you ask God to satisfy you completely with Himself.
Father forgive me for the ways I return to old things that satisfy sin and flesh. Give me freedom from those things and give me the strength to remove and resist them. Give me mercy and grace to step into the new.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.