To Put on Christ
I grew up reading a comic book called, “X-Men.” Now, you may question the sanity of the writer and wonder why a pastor, in his article about faith and Christianity opens with a reference to a comic book. I have a point, so please bear with me. The protagonists (and antagonists) in the comic books and movies are humans called mutants. These humans have developed a range of super powers from the ability to fly, to control metal and some can even pass through solid objects. One character that always intrigued me was the woman they call Mystique.
Mystique had a special ability…she could transform her body to look exactly like other people. All she had to do was look at somebody, and she could change her appearance to look like that person. In a sense, we who have declared Jesus as Lord of our lives, do the same. Our faith changes our outward appearance, so much so that the world will look at us and see the glory of God shining through us. We live in the world, but do not become yoked to it.
Paul writes this in Galatians, 𠇊nd all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes (NLT).” I have noticed that when I wear my clerical collar in public, I tend to act a bit differently. I notice that I am a little nicer, more patient, a better listenersically a better person. This is something I am working on, and hope to achieve this no matter what I am wearing. The collar reminds me that I am a servant of Christ, and what I say and do will reflect either the Father’s will, or my own.
Now…if we could always remember that as believers in Christ we don a new garment…new skin…the clothing of Christ, my guess is our behavior would align more with what God’s law, and what the Father wants for us. Henri Nouwen once wrote: "Being a believer means being clothed in Christ. . . . This is much more than wearing a cloak. . . . It refers to a total transformation that allows us to say with Paul: ‘I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me’" (Galatians 2:19-20).
May Christ live within us all. May the spirit of God transform us to the extent that God’s light, and not our own, shines forth.