“Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
What a lovely garment to start with, to cover your frail, tired body with! So that’s what it means to be “in Christ”, to be clothed with His beauty, His strength, His love, His understanding, His patience, His peace, His joy. There is no end to the glory of this garment which He offers you to put on first thing every day.
“He was clothed in purple and fine linen.”
But it didn’t make him any the happier; indeed, it helped to lead farther away from God. Jesus knew that clothes, however necessary, are not as important as the heart beneath them. Think of that as you clothe yourself and give your heart to Him.
“Bring forth the best robe and put it on him…and shoes on his feet.”
In the Father’s love, nothing but the best is good enough for His children. Jesus, knowing this, mentioned it in His story of the Father’s love for His erring but beloved child. He never tires of giving us His gifts, but He longs for us to enjoy the Giver more than all His gifts.
“Let your loins be girded…and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their Lord.”
Luke 12:35, 36.
As you dress, your thoughts are on the day ahead of you. Anything may happen, and you must be ready for it. St Paul had the secret when he said, “I can do all things, in Him that strengtheneth me”. (Philippians 4:13) If you are ready for it, one thing will most certainly happen – Jesus will come to you. He has promised to come, for He said, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” (John 14.18) Be ready for Him when He comes, for “He comes in the little things”. So throughout the day, be looking for your Lord.
Or as in the words of A.A. Milne – and without any theological reflection:
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting to-day?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.