Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Don’t you just love “putting on” the decorations of Christmas?
We put the decorations on our tree, we put our favorite Christmas food on the stove, we put our lights on the house. Things begin to feel like Christmas when we start putting on all our Christmas decorations.
The decorations we put on for Christmas aren’t the essence of Christmas, they’re simply the evidence of Christmas. They’re more like reminders that Christmas is here. And you know we as Christians are to put on evidences as well. Kind of like putting on the decorations of Christmas; The evidences are not the essence, but they’re reminders that we possess the essence.
The essence of being a Christian is Christ living in us. And we are called to “put on” the evidence of that great truth. Col 3:12-14 says “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony (ESV).”
Jesus Christ Himself is the essence of our Christianity. But He’s given us “decorations” that point to Him being alive and well in our lives. Let’s adorn ourselves with these Christ-like decorations this Christmas season. When people see our Christmas decorations, they’ll know we’re celebrating Christmas. When they see us adorned with the attributes of Christ, they’ll know that Jesus is alive and well in our lives.
Let’s put Christ-like decorations on our lives, and let’s keep them there after the Christmas boxes go back in the attic. Praise the Lord.