Don’t let the title of this piece fool you, I’m not encouraging you to brave January weather in robes and sandals (but feel free if it floats your boat), instead I am suggesting that we should all fashion ourselves spiritually after Jesus Christ in the upcoming New Year.
Now, I understand that this is not a groundbreaking or new idea by any means, nor do I claim to be the originator of this concept. While reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis last night before bed, I was reminded of the importance of putting on a Christ-like attitude in our daily lives. Here’s what Lewis says in the book:
Now, the moment you realise “Here I am, dressing up as Christ,” it is extremely likely that you will see at once some way in which at that very moment the pretence could be made less of a pretence and more of a reality. You will find several things going on in your mind which would not be going on there if you really were a son of God. Well, stop them.
As Lewis states, “dressing as Christ” allows us to recognize and overcome the pretenses that hinder us from living and leading a Christian life. It’s very easy to have the passing thought of wanting to help or uplift others one second, only to move onto something unhelpful or selfish the next second. I will be the first to admit my guilt in this area. Trying to stay in more constant Christ-like state allows us to better serve others.
Living in such a hectic and stressful world/society, it’s extremely important that we all take the time everyday to “dress up as Christ”, especially when we find ourselves in moments where we could easily fall into sinful/hurtful talk and/or actions.
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t claim to be the originator of this concept, and I’m willing to bet C.S. Lewis would not dare to try ad take credit either. The Bible mentions the importance of putting on a Christ-like attitude in numerous passages. For example:
Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. – 1 John 2:6
The Christmas season is unfortunately (and a bit ironically) a stressful, hectic and trying time of the year for most of us, whether at our jobs or just dealing everyday tasks. As 2016 knocks on the door, I encourage myself and everyone to put on their best Christ-like outfit and make the new year a more enjoyable, productive and compassionate one for all to experience.