Thursday, February 10, 2011

Good Fashion Never goes out of Style

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.  –Romans 13:13, 14 (KJV) 

Someone has said that good fashion never goes out of style and I believe that to be true.  Anytime I watch one of the older movies from the 1930’s and 40’s, and I see screen legends such as Gary Cooper, James Cagney, or the legendary Cary Grant, I see what they were wearing was the height of fashion for that era.  But what also intrigues me is how that I could wear one of those sharp looking double-breasted suits today and still look most fashionable as well.  Most of the suits I wear are either blue or gray, and I have a nice black suit which I wear when conducting funerals.  I guess my tastes in fashion are conservative and safe, which works well for me.   

The Word of God instructs us as Jesus’ followers to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”  We are to so be like Jesus that we have spiritually clothed ourselves in Him.  We take on His attitudes and attributes, which further encompass His grace, love, and mercy.  Furthermore, we are to never remove this covering from us, but rather we clothe ourselves in Christ all day, every day, and every waking moment.  We are called by God and commissioned by Christ to be walking in His light and love at all times. 

Most people probably believe that to be a tall order.  Take heart, however, for it can be accomplished – not in our power, but in the power of Jesus Christ working and functioning in us as we live for Him.  God has not called us to try to walk in Christ’s power on our own strength, but rather He has sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to walk in the fullness of His grace.  The Holy Spirit will indwell our hearts and give us the ability to avoid that which pulls us away from the Lord.  At the same time the Holy Spirit will draw us toward that which enhances our faith and keeps us moving in the right direction. 

Be sure that you are clothed with the Lord Jesus today.  Let us steer clear of anything which has the potential to throw us off track such as ungodliness and sinful conduct.  By the power of Christ we can walk forward in righteousness and victorious living.  This is the promise of God. 

Walk forward in Christ’s power today, for in Him we find life, joy, peace, and daily hope.

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