13th November 2019

Getting Dressed

“…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Romans 13:14 (NIV)

Learning to get dressed on our own is a challenge when we are small. I was trying to remember when I managed to tie up my shoe laces, but it’s too long ago! However I do recall trying to remember what was left and what was right, looking down at my feet and thinking – that’s the left one and the other is the right. Parents have to be patient while little ones learn the basics. God too. He gives us time to get our arms out of the sleeves of our habits and into the sleeves of the garments of his Righteous One.

Sometimes it can be easier to look at others than objectively look at ourselves with the personal and cultural ways we live that are contrary to God’s way. So look how God dealt with the Israelites as they gathered before Mount Sinai to make a formal covenant with God. As we know, he gave them the Ten Commandments. The second is: you shall have no other gods before me. But there are no other gods other than God. He was addressing a slave nation who had known little else other than a world of the gods of the controlling Egyptian nation and they were on the way into a similar world of many gods, which were seen as tribal. So if a nation went to war and beat the opposing side, their god was the best and the defeated nation’s god now subservient – and not up to the job.

The Israelites no doubt saw God in this light, their God, but just one of many, and when they thought he failed them and just dumped them in the desert to die, they crowd-funded the creation of a golden calf and declared it to be their god.
So God acknowledged their background as he delivered the Ten Commandments. But they were not expected to stay that way. When we get to Isaiah’s day, he’s telling them to grow up. “Before me no god was formed, nor will there me after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour” (Isaiah 43:10, 11).

God expects us to grow up too. Ephesians 4:11-14 (ESV) tells us, “So Christ gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children…”

Ah, we are given all the help we need to grow up and learn how to be clothed with Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Father, you know that we are little children and we praise and thank you for your care and kindness to us, as we grow up in Christ.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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