The Names We Wear

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”

~Matthew 6:25, New Living Translation

Who are you wearing? It is a question often posed to celebrities as they make their way down the red carpet for an award ceremony or film opening. Though presented differently, it is also asked of us by family, friends, coworkers and even strangers. What kind of jeans are those? Whose are those shoes by? Where did you get that shirt from?

Our response will determine its price, quality and our sense of style. What we wear can communicate our financial status and determine our subsequent social worth. When applying for a job or asserting interest in the opposite sex, clothing can determine for some people whether or not there will be a future conversation. Our clothing provides life- defining information; all of it gathered from our appearance.

We wear names. Our internal value is determined by our external appearance. It is the names that we wear that provides “data” for this social assessment and we choose our clothing based on this social truth. We purchase clothing based on the name of the designer

Well, humanity has the same Designer and there is only one name worth wearing, worth bearing: the name of Jesus Christ. We can choose to wear the names that race provides, honestly knowing nothing about its designer, its origin. Or, we can choose to wear the name that is above every other (Philippians 2.9). Your body is more than clothing. Your life’s appearance and subsequent worth should not be assessed through a name attributed to race. Put on Christ today. “Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13.14).

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