REMEMBERING WHO I AM
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14
I live in the ‘now but not yet’ as a Christian. I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies but I also live here. I was made holy at my conversion but I am told to be holy. Satan was defeated on the cross but He won’t act like he’s defeated until He is judged at the last day and thrown into the lake of fire. I was clothed with Christ when I made Him my Savior but Paul reminds me to put on Christ daily.
This is the battle. What is a spiritual reality must be chosen, embraced, and intentionally lived out every day. This morning, I remember who I am.
- I am adopted, not an orphan.
- I am free, not a slave.
- I am forgiven, not condemned.
- I am dead to sin, not trapped by former habits and sinful thought patterns.
- I wear His robes of righteousness, not tattered robes of shame.
I see the day ahead of me. I review my new status as a child of God and decide to live like it. Knowing I can’t do it by myself, I call upon the Spirit of God inside to rise up and enable spiritual life. I ask Him to flood my desires with His desires. I ask Him for the grace to be who I am. I put on Christ like a cloak and it is not a heavy overcoat. It is lightweight. It fits perfectly. I feel ten feet tall when I wear Him.
Since I am a child of the ‘narrow way’, I know that I will stand out like a sore thumb. I won’t be making the choices of the majority. I won’t be thinking like the masses. I will be peculiar. I will confuse. I will draw criticism. And for that, the Spirit is ever close to comfort and encourage. I won’t be tripped up by other’s rejection. I expect it and won’t abandon the way of the cross when false expectations attempt to entrap me. To ‘put on Christ’ is to live His life; fraught with miracles, glory, but also scorn and rejection. Every step into the dark was redeemed on Calvary and glory awaits every child of God who lives for the ‘not yet’.
In spite of the challenges, wearing You is my deepest joy. Amen