Wearing the righteousness of Christ

Itʼs A Wrap” is an interesting little used clothing store on West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, CA. Filled to the brim and even spilling out onto the sidewalk are clothing and props actually used in movies and on TV sets. The public is invited to browse and buy to their hearts content.

On several occasions I have visited the store but Iʼve never found anything I would care to buy. Many others, however, leave the store with bags of cheaper clothes, bragging rights, and the ability to put on the fame of a star … well, sort of. Fame is not really transferable – but itʼs fun to think about.

The Bible teaches us that many of the characteristics of God are transferable to those who have trusted in Jesus Christ. For example, “… put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4.24 ESV).

Actually, the Bible says quite a lot about wearing the righteousness of God.

For the Christian youth of his day Paul wrote, “Let no one look down on you because of your youth, but be an example of the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4.12).

Notice, Paul wrote that youth are an example to others of what a believer is supposed to be in what they say, in what they do, in how they relate to others, in how they relate to God and in their moral innocence. Is that not an awesome calling and responsibility?

Following 1 Timothy 4 is being dressed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ!

And Paul didn’t let adults off the hook. Dyed-in-the-wool, longtime-member, church-going, Christian adults are also to put on, to wear, the righteousness of Christ – to be an example of what a Christian is supposed to be in speech, conduct, love faith and purity, as well.

You are an example of a believer in Jesus Christ. Believe it or not, like it or not, you are an example. How are you doing in the example department? Are there changes that need to be made in your life? Repentance would be a good place to start.

“Robert Murray McCheyne wrote to Dan Edwards after the latter’s ordination as a missionary, ʻIn great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of Godʼ”. (Paul Borthwick, Leading the Way)

As a believer you may not be a pastor, but you are a minister – one who ministers to others in the name of Jesus. As a minister, your talents are nice, but not really wonderful. Whatʼs most important is whose likeness you bear – the likeness of Jesus imprinted on your heart and soul.

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