“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:14a CSB)
If you live in a very cold climate like Alaska and need to go outside, before you leave your warm house you put on a coat. Then probably another one. And maybe even another one. If you are in the military, before you report for duty, you put on your uniform, which has to be worn properly. If you work around radiation, before you engage in your work, you put on your lead-lined radiation suit. Before you go swimming, you put on swimwear. We all put on some sort of apparel every day, and we do so for three specific reasons: protection, identity, and appropriateness.
Like putting on clothing, we are to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ. We do so for protection against the temptations of the world and the flesh. We do so because it identifies us as belonging to Him and serving as His witnesses. And we do because it is the most appropriate clothing for one who belongs to Christ. It is the right thing to do.
As we approach this day and any day, may we put on the Lord Jesus Christ so that we may live effectively and bring glory to Him.
Lord, In faith we commit this day to You and seek to honor You. Amen.