Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. Colossians 3:10 (NKJV)
One of my favorite actor’s is Archibald Leach. You would know him best as Cary Grant, the quintessential romantic leading man from the 1940’s.
Once told by an interviewer, “Everybody would like to be Cary Grant”, Grant is said to have replied, “So would I.”
Born in Bristol England, Archibald was a ruffian with a cockney accent. He was anything but suave and sophisticated. In his late teenage years, thinking acting might be a way to make an easy dollar, he went to a local theatre and starting to pick up some small parts. As he acted out these parts, he began to discover the kind of person he wanted to be. A person of culture and sophistication, a romantic figure, a ladies man.
And he portrayed this image so convincingly, thats seventy films later, he was known as “Mr. Sophistication.”
When asked if he’d always been so suave and sophisticated by a television interviewer, Cary Grant chuckled, “I played the part so frequently that it became me ultimately. I put on the character so often, that it became who I am.”
In Colossians 3:10-11, Paul is telling us to play a part as well as an actor would put on a role.
“Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…Put on kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing with one another and forgiving one another…
“But if I “put on” won’t I be a fake person? Shouldn’t people just accept me the way I am?”
The truth is, that every person on the stage of life is acting some kind of part. The question is, will they like the parts’ they’ve chosen when the curtain goes down and the play is over?
As Christ-followers, let’s look also at what it tells us in Ephesians about this topic.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self,which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
We were created in the image of God and are called to “put on” Christ to the best of our ability. (Romans 13:14)
What does it mean to “put on” Christ?
In verses 12-14, Paul lists the following characteristics:
Mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, forgiveness and love.
So to put on Christ means to display these same qualities. It means to continually ask, “What would Jesus do in this situation? How would Jesus respond? What does His Word say about this?”
And as as we work to become like Him (By His grace), we will find ourselves becoming the role and the role becoming us.
So let’s chose today to “put on” Christ.
Christy Lee Lawson