We Wear the Uniform

10/06/2009

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions
and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV)

What uniform are we wearing each day? It’s easy to answer that question if we have a uniform that goes along with our job—we represent where we work—but what about God’s uniform for each day? Are we keeping in step with the Spirit? When called to service, do we show love and joy? When training in God’s Word, are we growing stronger in patience and kindness? When presenting ourselves to the world, are we showing goodness to others? When we speak words, are they gentle and self-controlled? When given an assignment, are we faithful to the end? These things have been planted on the inside of us, but do they show on the outside?

We receive every piece of God’s uniform on the day we put our trust in Jesus Christ—on the day we receive Jesus into our hearts, inviting the Holy Spirit to live deep inside of us— and it should become more and more visible as we walk with Jesus. It should eventually spill out of us in the way we act, in the things we say, and in the impression we leave on those around us. We represent God, so His “Fruit of the Spirit” should be imprinted on our heart. His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control should be fully visible and recognizable as God’s Uniform of the day.

If I show up at work and don’t have my name tag on my uniform, then I’m not fully ready to begin work, but what if we’re missing the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives as a believer? What if it’s not accessible because it’s buried deep inside, thirsty for some Living Water to help it grow? Are we ready to serve God fully? When we pray our way through life, we grow in our relationship with God, and His indwelling Holy Spirit becomes more visible as we become more the image of our Maker. We can’t expect to have a great and close relationship with God without investing some time in it. No one was closer to the Father than the Son, but Jesus talked with His Father all the time! If we’re not doing the same, our uniform is probably in some need of repair. We reap what we sow, and when we plant things each day in our lives through prayer, godly behavior comes out it.

The world is watching Christians, they know when we’re out of “uniform.” As Christians, we are expected to behave a certain way, and when we fall short of that, the world outside of the faith is usually the first to call us on it. They know how we are supposed to be dressed, but sometimes we forget…we forget we should be fully dressed in the “uniform” of the army of God. We forget that we represent the Highest Authority in Heaven and Earth. When we wear the uniform of a believer in Jesus Christ, let’s properly represent Who we serve, demonstrating a love and loyalty to His Mighty Kingdom, which will reign forever and ever.