June 18, 2017 by maryruwe
Last time we talked about putting away from our lives those things that are not pleasing to God. This week we are discussing what we are to put on; our surrendering to God. This two-part session of putting off and putting on actually begins with our Salvation decision. Colossians 1:13-14 relates it this way, “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”. We are to put anything that has to do with darkness or sin out of our lives and put on all that has to do with light, righteousness and holiness.
Matthew 5:15 tells us that a candle is not to be hidden under a bushel but put on a candlestick to give light in the house. The Light of Jesus that is placed in our spirit and heart when we accept Jesus as Savior is not to be hid but to be lived out in such a way that the world sees Him and is drawn to His love and forgiveness in Salvation. The way we live determines if His Light is seen or hidden. We need to be aware of our words and how they are spoken, and our conduct; keeping them in check according to the Word of God. Romans 13:12 relates this action as putting on the armor of light. Armor is a protective covering and so is light. You’re not so apt to stumble and hit your toe if you have on shoes and light! A little simplistic maybe but you get the picture. The Light of Jesus works this way too. The more we know of Him and walk in His Light the less likely we will stumble or walk in sin. The power of His Light helps us to keep walking in truth, righteousness and holiness.
Galatians 3:27 we are to put on Christ.
Ephesians 4:24 we are to put on the new man, which is created in righteousness and true holiness after God.
Ephesians 6:11 we are to put on the whole armor of God, so we can stand against the attacks of the devil. (Read this entire chapter to learn about the pieces of armor).
Colossians 3:10 we are to put on the image of God by a renewed knowledge of Him.
Romans 12:1-2 teaches us that as our mind is renewed to the Word of God, we will not conform to the way the world thinks and does things, but we will imitate the way God thinks and does things and thereby prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Living a life worthy of the Lord, being fruitful in every good work comes from increasing our knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).
This life of holiness is not hard to understand or to live. Even an unsaved person has a sense of right and wrong within them. To gain more knowledge of what is right, and the power to live right, we must read the Bible and learn of God. The more we know of Him and all that He has done for us, the easier it is to live for Him because our desire is to live a thankful life unto Him. This part of “putting on” is all about obedience to the Word of God. It’s that simple.
Now I realize that this topic of putting away or putting off sin and all its appearances (Hebrews 12:1) may not at first cause us to jump for joy – because it demands that we search our heart to see if there be any wickedness in us (Psalm 139:23-24). But I assure you that as we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness we will jump for joy because when living in accordance to the Word of God, we experience His blessings (Matthew 6:33).
Heavenly Father I pray that as each of us surrender to You and continue to develop a desire to live more closely to You; reading Your Word to renew our mind, which will change our thinking and conduct, so our lives will be worthy of the Blood of Jesus who made it possible. Thank you for your love and mercy, for setting us free from the darkness of sin and placing us in the Light of Jesus.