Identity: Jesus Clothes

 

IMG_0599Romans 13:14

“…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…”

I took this picture a year ago when I was back in the Grace Chapel KidVenture supply room, rummaging around for some extra supplies.  When I saw this box with the “Jesus Costume” label, I had a ton of thoughts run through my head–some profound, some in total humor.  But think about it! We can “put on” Christ because of His death and resurrection!  We have been redeemed and made new when we put our faith in Him. Because of His sacrificial love, we can find our identity in Him.

This month, we will be discovering our identities in Christ. 

~Our beautiful and true identities in and through our Savior.

Romans succulents

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”  Romans 15:7

Okay so, two words that I dread around this time of year:  Swimsuit Season.  -You know it’s coming.

According to the fashion world, I am “Plus Size” {because my clothing tags have double digits} Finding a new swimsuit can be torturous because my body doesn’t match up to what I see in the pictures.  My next step?  The comparing game: with all the models actually wearing the swimsuits that I’m looking to buy. {bad move, girl} Then comes the self-loathing because I REALLY SHOULD work out but it’s too laaate {it’s really not} and then…I ultimately make up something stupid like: my clothing size equals me not being acceptable as a person.  Or, maybe I make an assumption about what I think someone else is thinking of me and then equate THAT to being unacceptable. Why the ridiculous equations?!  I mean, really Kim?!

In Beth Moore’s book, “So Long Insecurity”, she talks all about the equations we create in our heads.  She writes:

“Where on earth did we come up with the idea that we have to subtract value from ourselves in order to give credit to someone else? …it’s our insecurity that makes us poor at math…”

“If security [and I would scribble in the word acceptance here too] says 2+2=4, insecurity says 2+2=9.  In other words, She is this + I am that = I’m a loser… Or… She’s got this + she’s got that = I’ve got nothing.”

What kind of math is this?! What kind of thinking is this?! Surely not Christ-clothed thinking.  Definitely not Christ-accepted thinking.  Beth has gotten it right.  And how many times have we already un-accepted ourselves before giving anyone else a chance? {Maybe it’s just me!} Whether it’s body size, personality, family, profession, spirituality…the list goes on.  We channel our inner awkward 13-year-old self and feel like our self-worth should be based on something so trivial.

Ladies.  My dear Grace Chapel ladies, we should be able to say, INSTEAD:

“I am clothed in strength and dignity.”

“I AM ACCEPTED.”

When I’ve allowed the enemy to roll the tapes in my head {once again} that produce shame, insecurity, unacceptance; I’ve learned to run.  Straight to the Truth of who I am. I am accepted.  Loved.  Cherished.  Thought after.  Pursued relentlessly.  I don’t need to worry about the number on the clothing tag to feel my worth.  Does this happen automatically? Not always, but the Spirit calls me back.  And I am made whole again–by the One who matters most.

Join us this month, as we run straight to the One who clothes us in Himself.

And let us know how you’ve come to know acceptance in Christ!

IMG_3752Notice, I’m not in a swimsuit?  {Too cold!}

Thank you for letting me lay my heart out about this big subject of Acceptance.  I am truly a work-in-progress.

~Kim Smith

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