Clothes on Fire

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:11-14

 

A teacher was talking to her class of second graders about fire safety.

When the lesson was nearly over, she asked, “Boys and girls, what should you do if your clothes are on fire?”

Immediately a boy in the front row raised his hand.

He answered, “You shouldn’t put them on.”

You can’t argue with that logic. If your clothes are on fire … don’t put them on!

From a spiritual perspective, however, we often put on clothes that we already know are on fire.

By that I mean that we willingly and presumptuously do things, go places, adopt attitudes, and pursue relationships that we know displease God.

We all stumble into sin – that’s almost inevitable. But when we run toward sin – that’s absolutely inexcusable.

What’s the remedy for putting on clothes that are on fire? Here’s what the Bible says: 

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:14)

When we intentionally “put on” Jesus as Lord, it means that we willingly surrender to His control of our lives. Doing so will keep us from making “provision for the flesh” that is, putting plans in place to disobey God and pursue our own desires.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!