Are you dressed GQ like Jesus?

 

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How well are you dressed? I am not talking about physically, but spiritually. 
God has clothed each of us in the riches of his grace. Jesus has given us the best possible clothing we could ever need. 

Galatians 3:26-27 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (NIV)
God has clothed us with the righteousness of Christ. What an amazing thought!  It is not enough just to be properly clothed—Christ clothing must reflect a proper attitude of the heart. We have to remember that we do not come to church to fool people about who we are by the way we dress. We come to be clothed by Christ.

I like to call this the GQ Jesus wardrobe. 

The GQ JESUS wardrobe is not complete until we are completely clothed with Christ through and through. Paul reveals the proper clothing for followers of Jesus:

Colossians 3:9-15Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (NIV)

In our relationships, GQ JESUS wants to clothe us with the compassion of Christ.

In our relationships, GQ JESUS wants to clothe us with the kindness of Christ.

In our relationships God wants to clothe us with the humility of Christ. God’s grace came through humility.

1 Peter 5:5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (NIV)

God’s grace is taught to others through our humility.

In our relationships,  GQ JESUS wants to clothe us with the gentleness of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:23-26 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (NIV)

Have you checked up on how you are dressed lately?

In our relationships,  GQ JESUS wants to clothe us with the patience of Christ. 

Romans 15:1-6 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Patience will allow us to get to know people before we pass judgment upon them for how they look and how they are dressed.

Lastly, In our relationships, GQ JESUS wants to clothe us with Christ’s forgiveness.

Matthew 5:23-24“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)

We are to clothe ourselves with GQ JESUS’S wardrobe so that the body of Christ can live together in peace and represent GQ Jesus to the world

What part of the GQ Jesus wardrobe do you need to put on? Leave a comment below.

Today is your day to get back up again.

Knockout punch

I woke up this morning with a line from a Toby Mac song  stuck in my head: “We lose our way, we get back up again. It’s never too late to get back up again”

I was thinking that verse sums up what I want to see men and women do in their life each and every day. We will never be perfect with our thoughts, relationships, finances, career, and health. It’s good to improve because growth leads to maturity in Christ. No matter how much we improve, we will never reach a place of perfection.

That’s never the goal.

James 3:2 says:  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Everyone get’s knocked down. It’s what you do next that matters. In every area of our life, we lose our way, but with the power of the Holy Spirit working in our live, we get back up again. This is what the Christian life is about. We have a God that is ALWAYS reaching out, reaching down and helping us back up again when we stumble.

Lamentations 3:22-24 in the Message paraphrase says:
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

God’s mercy is new every morning. His love for you never runs out. When we are unfaithful, He is faithful. So if you have fallen, i encourage you today to get back up again. It’s never too late to get back up again. God is there to dust you off, hug you and continue to walk with you  on your journey of following Christ.

What’s steps are you going to take to get back up again today? Leave a comment below.