I wore a new football jersey for the first time today. Man, was it weird. I had two personal encounters that really shaped my view of life. Who knew that one article of clothing could teach me so much about my walk with God?
First, I was walking down the street to my car, and I passed a man on the corner. He started grumbling very loudly. I couldn’t make out what he was saying, but I really didn’t want to. I’m sure it had something to do with the jersey, his feelings toward the team and/or player it represented and the relationship that his favorite team had with said player/team. It was slightly disturbing to say the least, but I didn’t take it personally.
Secondly, I was walking through the parking lot towards my office, when a guy in his BMW stopped in the middle of the street and rolled down his window. He shouted out, “Hey man, blow it up this weekend! I have you on my fantasy squad!” While I appreciated his comments, I was slightly confused as to why he was referring to me as a famous football player. After all, I am not Darren McFadden. I’m just a fan. But perhaps, in today’s world, wearing someone’s name means something more. I’m unabashedly identifying myself with that person. I can’t deny it. It’s written on my body.
I though about how Paul instructed the church to “put on Christ” like a garment. When I do that, I leave no room for denial. I am an outspoken supporter of Christ. He becomes my identity. I am the representation, the revelation of Jesus for the people around me. Christ and I can never be separated in the eyes of the world.
I should take every comment and sentiment said about my Lord personally. When people hate God, they should hate me too. My level of responsibility and purity should be outstanding, for if I do evil, people will attribute it to God. Unlike random football players, God actually knows me. In fact, He called me to be His friend and messenger. That’s something to take very seriously.
“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”–Romans 13:14