For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. – Gal 3:27
The Apostle Paul shares with the saints in Galatia that the act of baptism is an act that certifies a transformation in the life of a believer. The water acts as both a cleansing agent of the forgiveness that is ours in the work of Christ, as well as a coffin that symbolizes our death to self and a coming to new life in Christ. The hallmark of that new life, known as Christianity, is a people who have put self away and put on Christ. Like putting on a uniform, we are no longer on display – Christ is. We are now to live by a different mandate. We are to bring about a new reality. We are to be the authors of the ‘new normal’. And it looks like: unity, love and oneness in Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Gal 3:28
We are called, in putting on Christ, to be initiators of a world that embraces all believers as one. But – we are facing a divided world that has invaded the church and brought about a sense of spiritual distancing even within the Body of Christ. We have created denominations that divide us. We have embraced political allegiances that supersede the oneness of the Spirit. We allow an ‘us and them’ theology to arise based on color, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status. We can let our agendas and opinions get in the way of the Body Life that was intended to be manifest by putting on Christ at our baptism.
It is vital to the Kingdom of God in our day that we dress properly. That we, every morning, put on Christ. In order that what is seen on us is grace, mercy, love, compassion, understanding, affirmation and the Spirit of God that binds us together as brothers and sisters. The world is much in need of a people filled with the Holy Spirit revealing a united front of the values and principles that align with that Spirit. Let’s put on Christ and build bridges and be peacemakers, that the kingdom of God comes to earth as it is in Heaven.
The day of sects and creeds for us forevermore is past,
Our brotherhood are all the saints upon the world so vast;
We reach our hands in fellowship to every blood-washed one,
While love entwines about each heart in which God’s will is done.
– “The Church’s Jubilee” by Charles Naylor