PUTTING ON CHRIST- HIS WORD
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
One of the titles the Bible uses for Christ is ” THE WORD OF GOD”. Jesus is the manifestation of the Word of the Heavenly Father. Everything about the Father can be seen in the person of Christ, we come to know Him through His written Word. As we spend time searching His Word we begin to take on His nature. We actually soak ourselves in Him as we search the scriptures. Our mind is affected, our attitude is effected, our heart is encouraged, frankly we are drastically changed by the Word of God. This is one of the ways we ” put on the Lord Jesus Christ”. Maybe you are experiencing some horrible circumstances in your life. You may be sick, alone, wounded, forsaken, or experiencing some traumatic difficulty. It really does not matter. God is present in His Word and able to meet you and sustain you, and bring you out of your troubles. God’s word is actually alive.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Last summer, I enjoyed watching several legs of the Tour de France on television. I was amazed at the endurance of these athletes. This bike race lasts for 20 days with most days going from 120-140 miles. What a race! One of the facts that amazed me was the caloric intake of the cyclists. They average between 6000-8000 calories a day. What a diet! This amount of fuel is necessary just to maintain their bodies. They needed strength for the journey.
We see this in the bible when the Word of the Lord came to John the Baptist in the wilderness, when Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God”, in Ephesus when God’s Word began to “prevail”. God’s Word is life itself and transforms everything it touches. Today you can put on Christ as you spend time with Him in His Word. This can be your favorite time of the day. I will never forget how I learned the importance of daily times in the Word. The first day Parris and I arrived at Bible School, we stayed as guests in one of the student couples home. That next morning, that couple joined together with us to read our Bibles and to pray. That devotional time changed my life. I saw the value of a daily time in God’s Word. That has been one of my favorite times all of these years, meeting with the Lord in daily devotional time. Why? Because we are meeting with God Himself, after all, He is called THE WORD OF GOD.