Saturday: 13th October, 2018
Reference text: Galatians 3:22-29
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There are many factors that ought to influence one’s choice of clothing: the season, the occasion, one’s personality and very plainly, one’s own taste. I am therefore actually awed by the commitment of many to their sense of fashion, such that even the seasons have no influence on their style. It is common to see people clothed in just a shorts and T-shirt on a cold winter morning when others are mummified in thick coats, or wearing thick jackets that induce heavy sweating on a hot summer afternoon just to preserve their fashion style.
Today, we are called to ponder on the attires we put on as we walk about. Here, Saint Paul does not refer to the actual material pieces of clothing we put on, but the spiritual. He therefore makes a rather interesting statement: ‘as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.’ This isn’t an act waiting to happen, it is one that happened from the very moment we were put through the waters of baptism and said ‘Yes Lord, I believe’.
I learnt growing up that people see what you look like, before they even hear what you have to say. Hence, it is no surprise that many sales persons appear well groomed and dashing when they approach prospective clients because one’s choice of clothing actually has a lot of influence. The real question then is: “do we even know who we have put on? Is it obvious enough for others to see?
My dear, when fashion designers present their clothing or accessories to be modelled on the runway, they do well to ensure they are visible to the eyes of all present- out in the open. Likewise, the Christ we wear, should also be left uncovered for others to see. The very fact that ‘we have put on Jesus’, is not a statement just for dramatic effect, it is something that means and calls for a practical exhibition of Him.
Remember # just like no one lights a lamp and places it under a basket, no one wears dazzling clothes just to stay at home; and Christ is dashing enough to be shown off boldly.