Put On Christ

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Isn’t he just the cutest?
This is a photo of my son when he was about 18 months old. I remember this photo like it was yesterday.

 

My husband and I were in our bedroom, sharing work stories from the day. In clumps my little guy. He had pulled on his Dad’s shorts, and jammed his feet into my powder blue slip-on shoes. How he managed to walk and not kill himself is beyond me.

One hand holding up the shorts, while shuffling awkwardly in the huge shoes, he gleefully presented himself to us.

I guess I could have reacted by being concerned for him. I could have insisted that we take those clothes off so he wouldn’t hurt himself. But instead, both my husband and I just gushed our amazement.

“What a big boy! Did you do that yourself?” We rained down the praise. Our reward was his huge smile.

“Let me grab my camera!”

Even taking this shot a few minutes later, you can still see the proud smile and firm grasp on the shorts. (And those shoes…well. It was the eighties.)

He looked pretty hilarious, but we were so proud. He’d watched us dressing him, and could mimic the movements. He saw the items we wore, and I’ll bet he thought if he wore grown-up clothes, then he’d be a grown up.

I am taught about becoming a grown-up in Christ by using the image of clothing too. In Scripture, I am instructed to put on the ‘armor of God’, and to clothe myself in ‘heartfelt mercy.’ In other words, to put on Christ.

That seems like a tall order. How can I ‘put on’ God? He is Creator, Savior and Perfect Love. I can’t carry all of that. It’s too huge for me to even fathom, much less take to my heart.

But I can’t forget that Jesus lived as a man to show me how it is possible to live a life like his. Just like we modeled dressing to our son, Jesus modeled his love for the Father, and his children. These are the clothes I need to put on.

I’ll probably struggle a bit, just like my son did with the outsized shorts and shoes. This enormous love won’t fit very well at first because I’m not perfect. But if I try really hard, I’ll hang on and be able to walk.

And Our Father in heaven doesn’t tell me this love is too big for me. Instead, like a loving Father, he rains his praise on my efforts. He smiles and calls to the angels and saints. “Look at her! She did that herself!”

So don’t worry if loving the Lord in times of trouble; or loving his children when they disappoint you, seems too hard. It will be a struggle at first, but you’ll put on that huge armor of light and hang on for dear life.

And he will announce in front of all of heaven: “Look! Oh, I’m so proud of you!”

 

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70 thoughts on “Put On Christ

  1. Lovely post Ceil, and doesn’t your lovely little boy’s face reflect that he knew you would say something nice to him. We too can feel safe in the hands of our Lord because we know He is concerned for our welfare and does not want to do us harm.

    • Hi Brenda! What a lovely comment. I guess I didn’t consider the fact that he would anticipate our praise. But I’m sure that’s why he came to show us his ‘new clothes.’ Good insight! Thank you.

      And I like how you compared it to how we can be safe with the Lord too. That he will always encourage. That is so true…what a great God we have.
      Thank you for your visit Brenda, and the new insights. I like that 🙂
      Happy Monday,
      Ceil

    • Hi Denise! I haven’t seen you in such a long time! It’s great that you came to visit me in my new blog-home.

      I’m glad you liked the post today. I’ll have to get over to visit you too! Have a wonderful Monday 🙂
      Ceil

  2. Ceil…what a great comparison…first putting on and then KEEPING our armor on! Your sweet little boy was holding on for dear life to those shorts to be sure! That’s exactly what we (I) need to do daily…having that image of your little guy in my mind will help remind me. Thank you for this reminder! Have an awesome Monday 🙂

    • Hi Debby! Thank you for your supportive comments on the blog post today. I know I have to hang onto being Christlike. Those are big shoes to fill!

      I know that God is just as delighted to see us all trying to get through the day with our love-attitudes. That armor of light is tough to keep on, but we’ll get better and better with practice, right?

      Happy Monday to you my friend,
      Ceil

    • Hi Mari! Oh thank you, I just love it too. All this time now and I still remember the photo and the situation. Aren’t our memories such great gifts?

      I think God is proud of our efforts, I really do. Like the great parent he is, he encourages our baby steps. And I think the clapping is grace. Showering us with his love and gifts. What a wonder!
      Thank you for your visit today, have a good Monday!
      Ceil

  3. What a beautiful analogy! How cute your son’s photo is. Yes there are times when I struggle but how thankful I am for His grace. One step at a time, one day at a time. And how grateful I am for His Spirit in me to help.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Hi Debby! I know you have a heart for children, and I’m sure this post resonated with you. I agree that the Lord’s encouragement is grace. He is the “Father of Lights.’

      I’ll be stepping out just like you. One day at a time.
      Good to see you!
      Ceil

  4. Such a sweet little guy!
    And I love the comparison you formed there, my friend…
    Sometimes I not only need to “put on” God…
    I need to wrap myself up in Him like a blanket! : )
    Have a wonderful day, Ceil…
    and please know how your kind words always make me feel so happy.

    • Hi Billie Jo! Isn’t he though? And to think this little cutie is thirty years old now, with a child of his own… But I have never forgotten this episode, and I suppose having the photo helps the memory along.

      I like your image of God being comforting and supportive, like a blanket. May he cover us today with his love and grace. And allow us to be those things to everyone we meet.
      You are such a wonderful support of my writing efforts, Billie Jo. I so appreciate your kindness in telling me that you like what you read. God bless you, one of his greatest encouragers!
      Blessings 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! I like that image! “Don’t get dressed without him.”

      Thank you for visiting me today Linda, I always love to see you here. And thank you for your always kind comments too.

      Have a blessed day 🙂
      Ceil

  5. Your son is so adorable in that picture; then to hear the story that goes along with it just melts my heart. I love your analogy. How very true. I can almost hear God cheering me on after reading your post with the wonderful imagery. Thank you, Ceil.

    • Hi Kathleen! Oh thanks, I think he’s pretty adorable myself 🙂

      Thank you for your lovely comment about ‘God cheering me’ after you read the post. What a wonderful thing to experience… He knows you have a lot to take care of in your life, and you need some encouragement. Every step you and I make, he’s there and so proud of our tiny steps. What an awesome Father he is!
      Thank you for coming over to visit today. I always love to see you.
      Ceil

    • Hi Pam! Oh my, thank you so much Pam…

      And thank you for joining me on Facebook. I’m so excited that we can be connected in another fun way 🙂
      I really appreciate your support of my writing efforts. It means a lot coming from you. I know I’ve said it before, but, using your own words, you never fail to make me smile and feel joy deep down inside too.

      Looks like we are a blessing to each other. I love how God works!
      Happy Monday my friend,
      Ceil

  6. This is just so beautiful Ceil 🙂

    Thank you for reminding me! I really want to make Him more proud and smile down at me. I love when you said that our Father will announce in front of all of heaven: “Look! Oh, I’m so proud of you!” Ohhh!! I cant imagine that it’s for me. All glory to the King.

    I hope you’re doing well Ceil. Keep praying for you and family.
    Blessing,
    Delvalina

    • Hi Delvalina! Oh, it’s for you. Why can’t a Father take joy in his children?

      But you do bring up a good point about taking all the credit. We and the Lord can take joy in doing what makes him happy. But we can never do anything good alone. He is always there. Thank you for reminding me of that.

      We are doing well. Please keep praying though. I’d love the right opportunity to come up for my husband. Still praying for that job to come around. Thank you!
      Blessings to you my friend,
      Ceil

  7. Hello Ms Ceil, I’m glad you found me again. I went back to my platform after my domain expired, that is why 🙂 Putting on the “armor of God” is essential for every Christian. If we are equipped with His words, the devil can’t lure us.

    Your analogy was very interesting. Do continue sharing your wonderful insights.

    Farida I http://inlovewithsunflower.blogspot.com/

    • Hi Farida! I was so excited to see you again! I see now how we lost touch. I did get a message that your domain had expired, but I wasn’t too sure what that meant. I do now.

      Getting and keeping that armor on is quite a job, but it’s worth all the effort. I’m glad you liked the analogy. It sure is one that we can all relate to, right?
      I wrote down your blog address. I’m looking forward to reconnecting 🙂
      Ceil

  8. mmm … the ‘well done, good and faithful servant.’ isn’t that what we really want in the midst of all our striving?

    only we just don’t realize it. and look to everyone else to give us what only He can supply.

    thanks, Ceil.

    • Hi Linda! I do think we all are striving for approval. Maybe I do get mixed up sometimes and hope to hear it from other people. Not God.

      That is a mistake. And you make a good point. We need to point our hearts to the Lord. And he will give us everything.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment Linda. It’s always so good to see you my friend,
      Ceil

  9. I have been thinking about the armor in the past 2 days. The enemy has been bombarding my mind with thoughts that I KNOW are not of God. Things that make me doubt, mistrust, or envy. Without the armor of God I am ill-equipped to fight this battle. Thank you for reminding me that our Father is proud of me when I put it on and use it!

    I just have to tell you that I appreciate your encouragement in my walk with Christ. It seems that so many of your posts are there for ME when I need them. 🙂 Hope you have a very blessed day!

    • Hi Monica! I am so happy that what I write is useful for you. Thank you so much for telling me, that is so generous of you. I appreciate it 🙂

      You had mentioned some turmoil at work in a previous comment, I hope things went better today? Maybe with your shiny armor, you can resist the slings and arrows! God is so faithful, and he IS proud of you and your constant efforts. You are his precious child, you mean everything to him.
      I am so happy that we know each other through our blogs. God is so good!!
      Ceil

    • Hi Natalie! Thank you for the reference, I don’t think I’ve read anything by Kelly Minter. I love discovering new authors and references. I think I told you that?

      Have a good Monday!
      Ceil

    • Hi Debby! Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so humbled and feel so blessed that you were moved by the words in this post. Thank you for sharing that.

      I think we are all fighting our battles with being a human. That’s why we need the armor so much. He holds it out for me to put on, and it looks so…I don’t know, huge? Like I could never do it. But he says I can, and I believe him.

      We all struggle. We fall, but we fly too. It’s quite a ride being a person, isn’t it? Good thing we have faith, and the power of grace. What does a person do without these things I wonder….
      Thank you for your visit, and your sweet words.
      Happy Monday!
      Ceil

  10. Awww..too cute Ceil! He’s adorable! His love is so vast and enormous! It’s a true gift to unwrap more of it as each day passes. Thank God, His love for us isn’t based on our perfection, but Jesus’ perfection living in us! Thanks for sharing my friend…have a blessed week! 🙂

    • HI Michell! Thank you, I think he’s pretty cute myself!

      It is Jesus in us that gives us the way to real life. What would we do without his help? You are so right 🙂
      Happy Monday!
      Ceil

    • Hi Lauren! Thank you for your lovely comment. For some reason, this memory just stuck with me. I guess having the photo really helped me keep it in mind.

      What wonderful things I can learn from just the smallest of event. God is such an inventive teacher.

      Thank you for your visit today 🙂
      Ceil

  11. Oh, I loved this one! I also have a favorite picture of my sons all dressed up in their parents’ clothing. And just like your son, they were adorable. (I think they still are, but don’t tell them – they’re “all grown up” now, don’t you know!!)

    This is the second post that I’ve read today talking about looking like Jesus. About laying down our dirty rags, and putting on His righteousness. You’re right, it isn’t always easy. But it helps so much to know that He applauds every effort. I am so motivated to make HIM proud of me.

    GOD BLESS!

    • Hi Sharon! I know exactly what you mean Sharon. Our children are grown, but they we won’t ever forget when they were little.

      I want him to be proud of me too. And I think he gives us his grace in buckets so that we can be successful. I just have to be willing to take that bucket and go! We are not worthy without him, but we never have to be without him. Great is our God!
      Happy Monday my friend. I hope you have a peaceful evening,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! I really like this photo too. He looks so darn cute and so proud of himself! I guess I was proud of him too.

      I’m so glad you liked the post today, and that you felt encouraged by it. Isn’t that what we want to do as bloggers? Thank you for your supportive comments. I really appreciate them.

      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

  12. That is one handsome young lad. What a blessing to have him and have him know our Father and his assurance in heaven. That’s one of the greatest gifts I have as well.

    I like the analogy of the how we are similar in our ways to a child even as adults. All things are possible, but only with HIM.

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful memory.

    • Hi Floyd! Thank you for your supportive comments, I appreciate it. It is a wonderful memory! And knowing that Our Father is there for us is a great, great gift. He makes sure we have the armor through grace to face anything.

      He loves us so much. We are all so blessed.
      Have a good evening and restful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Isn’t it so much fun to remember our men as the boys they were? And as Sharon said, they will always be our little boys.

      The memories are just precious, a wonderful gift from the Lord. I’m glad it brought a smile to your face. It gave me one too!

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Wanda! He is a cutie, let me tell you. And so proud of himself, it just melts my heart.

      God’s mercy is huge, and so is his protection. But we’ll always figure out how to make it all fit with him at our side. That truly is love, all-encompassing love. We are immensely blessed.

      Thank you for your visit! I hope your week goes well my friend.
      Ceil

    • Hi Anne! He is pretty cute, isn’t he? And we were sure impressed with him at the time, let me tell you. What was so endearing was how proud he was of himself. Don’t you love how your children come running you when they are proud of what they have done? I think Our Father is the same way with us.

      I never thought about the concept of parable, so thank you for that. I guess our stories are really parables, aren’t they…. Great food for thought there.
      Thank you for the link to Koren’s site. I’ll be visiting today.
      Blessings always,
      Ceil

  13. Your son sure was adorable putting on those big clothes. I’m going to remember this lesson, especially when it is hard to put on Christ and I fumble at it. My heavenly Father will think my trying is just as precious! Thank you so much for your birthday wishes!

    • Hi Mary! How fun that I visited you in time to find out about your birthday 🙂 It sure sounded like you had a fine celebration.

      I do think that God finds our efforts precious, that’s a good word to use. We are his dear children, and when we try, he is so happy.
      So let’s struggle with that armor, and get out there to please our Father.
      Happy Tuesday!
      Ceil

  14. He lets us grow into His armor – doesn’t He. He doesn’t tell us we look silly – He just trains us in it until it is like a second skin to our soul! Your little guy back then was so adorable – I miss adorable:) Your story drew me in and caught me!!! Thank you for weaving it all together:)
    Maryleigh

    • Hi Maryleigh! I miss adorable too, but even at thirty, he’s pretty cute 🙂

      I just love how memories trigger ideas and insights I didn’t think of at the time. Thank goodness for photos. I never forgot this little episode, and I think having a snapshot of it kept it fresh in my mind.

      Thank you for your kind words about the post. I’m glad it caught you! And thank you for your visit today.
      Blessings on this Tuesday,
      Ceil

  15. Ceil, Thank you SO much for helping me figure out how to leave a comment here at your new blog site. I felt so helpless, and silly considering I used to help people with their computer issues, and would consider myself to be computer literate. I guess it’s a real good thing God brought me over to elder care!! Glad you are back to blogging. You are a daily blessing to me.

    • Hi Jeanette! I’m glad it worked out for you..and for me too! It’s great to see you here.

      I’m glad to be back blogging too. I really missed it. And that was a blessing to find out 🙂
      Thank you for your visit, and now that you know how to comment, maybe I’ll see you again!
      Ceil

    • Hi Dayle! Oh, thank you so much for your lovely comments.

      Good point about praise. Someone else just told me the same thing. Sure, we all have far to go, but if we aren’t supported and encouraged, we’d all give up.

      Thank you for that great thought 🙂
      Ceil

  16. Hello Dear Ceil. Amen to us “putting on the armor of light and hanging on for dear life!” I look forward to the day when it will fully fit us and we can serve Him with sin and pain no longer a part of our world. Love that photo of your son.

    • Hi Kim! I look forward to that day too, that’s for sure. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? And that armor sounds amazing. An armor of light… We’d look good in that!

      Thanks for your comment about the photo. He is a cutie 🙂
      Have a peaceful evening my friend,
      Ceil

  17. What a priceless picture of a precious child…so pleased and proud of his accomplishment! And I love the analogy you have made of this, as we put on our big girl clothes and rejoice in the love of our proud Father. He is proud of us when we display signs of growth and maturity…even when it is still in the fledgling state..as we take those baby steps He is there to guide us and praise us each step of the way. What a lovely picture of our Heavenly Father. I love this today. Thank you.

    • Hi Pamela! Thank you for your comment about my son. Our little ones are so cute, aren’t they?

      I agree, I think God is proud of us, just like the best of Fathers. I love that phrase ‘fledging state’. So descriptive! We are his children always.

      Thank you for your visit, and your supportive words. I’m so happy we are connected through our blogs 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Mindy! Thank you! I love that you feel encouraged by this post. That’s awesome 🙂

      I love this photo too, it really helped me to remember this, and it’s such a precious time. I’m glad you enjoyed it, right along with me!

      Have a peaceful night my friend,
      Ceil

    • Hi Cecelia! Thank you for your encouraging words about the post Cecelia, I really appreciate them. It is a fun analogy, using getting dressed, in a child-like way. And aren’t we all children of God?

      I really like this photo too, it helps me remember a really cute time in my son’s life. He’s thirty now, but he’s still pretty cute 🙂

      Thank you for visiting, reading two posts, and commenting on both of them. You are a really lovely blog-friend.
      Happy Wednesday,
      Ceil

  18. Your words are always an encouragement to me, Ceil, and I enjoy how you use your life experiences to illustrate the teachings of Christ. I love the picture of our loving Father you gave as He showers us with His praise, just as you and your husband did with your son. Blessings to you, Ceil!

    • Hi Laurie! Thank you for your kind words. I am trying to see God in all the places of my life, so it’s really nice that you see that too.

      I think God can’t wait to encourage us. He knows we need it, and looks for all those great things we do just for him. Just like the best earthly father.
      Thank you for coming by! I love to see your name pop up 🙂
      Ceil

  19. Ceil, your son’s adorable picture brought a smile to my face. I love the way you connected his clothing to our armor of clothing in God. Also, I love the thought of God cheering us on, just like you did with your son. Thanks for the encouragement and for making me smile.
    Many blessings to you Ceil!

    • Hi Marilyn! Oh, thanks. I think he’s pretty adorable my self 🙂

      I do think that God loves to be a cheerleader for us. He wants me in his camp so badly…any positive movement is a joy. He feels that for all of us who try.

      I’m glad this made you smile my friend.
      Have a good evening, and peaceful night,
      Ceil

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