Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing my twenty-eighth “Scripture Sunday” post. I seriously love writing these posts, I hope y’all love reading them! The Scripture I’m discussing today is a simple verse that has been a great reminder to me lately and has really changed how I go about daily life. If you feel as though Christianity isn’t for you, this post might not be your thing! Feel free to continue scrolling though my blog, I hope you find another post you like (this week I posted my “Charleston Girls Weekend Travel Diary” with a video here and an outfit post here)! Let’s get on with the post, enjoy!
Romans 13:14; But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Every morning we wake up, get ready for the day, and get dressed. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s so natural to want to throw on a big tee shirt and leggings and just call it a day. Most mornings I convince myself to wear something a little less “I just rolled out of bed,” but that’s an active decision that I legitimately have to choose to make. You choose what you wear, how much makeup you put on, whether or not you should wear a jacket, etc., right? Some days choosing the “better” choice (let’s call looking nice the better choice just for the purpose of this analogy, if you like to wear tee shirts and leggings everyday you do you! I really wish I felt confident doing that) requires a little more effort, but usually by the time I get home I’m glad I chose to wear a nice outfit.
While what to wear is an obvious physical decision we make each day, choosing who we want to be isn’t always as obvious. Sadly, the natural choice is often “I want to have the best day for me today. I want to have the best, I want to look the best, I want to be the best,” not “I want to have the day God’s designed for me today. I want to help others, serve the Lord, and learn how to do so even better tomorrow.” Without even thinking, we choose ourselves over others and over our God and unlike outfits that we can decide just aren’t going to cut it, we don’t typically look in the mirror and say “there’s no way I’m leaving the house with this attitude today.”
I recently finished reading the book of Romans. In the last verse of chapter 13, I came across a line that I realized is so significant and applicable to my daily life. Verse 13 says “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” I really love the word choice “put on the Lord Jesus Christ,” as if He was a jacket or a necklace. Like I said, when we get dressed in the morning we don’t usually think much about the kind of person we’re going to be that day. What if along with our shirts, skirts, shoes, and earrings, we put on the attitude of Jesus Christ? What if we chose to stop making selfish decisions for the gratification of our own desires? I’ll be the first to say I’d be a way better person if I made the active decision to act like Christ everyday along with the decision to wear a dress.
This week, try to consciously make the decision to be Christ-like each morning. No, I don’t mean decide to be perfect and sinless like Jesus (I know most of us wish we could just make a choice to be like that!), I mean to decide to make your greatest attempt at serving others and obeying God. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and begin to submit to Him instead of your earthly desires. Choose to help your sibling with their homework instead of watching another movie on Netflix. Choose to invite the lonely kid to sit with your friend group at lunch instead of brushing him/her off as “not cool enough.” Choose to seize every opportunity to radiate God’s love with those around you.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!