But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)
What is something you think about before you do it, every day? Give up? Putting on clothes! That's right, clothes do not magically appear on you when you stumble out of bed. You have to decide what you are going to put on. If you are a woman you might look at a full closet and say, "I have nothing to wear!" Kidding aside, we make a daily decision what we are going to wear.
In this verse Paul uses the concept of us making a decision on what to wear and instructs us to make a decision to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about it, my friend. If you do not make a priority of "putting on the Lord Jesus Christ" you know that you will be prone to living in such a way that you fall into sin. Our natural state is sinful.
Paul goes on to say that we should make no provision for the flesh. In other words, as we think about what kinds of things we are going to do with our lives, we should be sure to recognize the temptations and traps that we know Satan will put in our way, and make sure that we do not allow ourselves to be involved in getting caught in those traps.
We will either live to glorify our God in Jesus Christ or we will live to gratify our fleshly desires. If we do nothing at all we will end up gratifying the flesh. If we are going to have any success in bringing God glory we must make a conscious decision to think and act in such a way that Christ is honored. We must put Jesus Christ on like a garment, daily.
What are you wearing? Did you choose to wear sinful behaviors and thoughts? Or have you chosen to be clothed in Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you get dressed properly every morning.
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