“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
– Galatians 3:26,27
After discussing how love is anti-fragile, I want to continue our conversation focusing on God’s anti-fragility, more specifically Jesus and the early church.
Jesus Christ exemplifies what it means to be resilient. More people followed Him when others cursed Him and lied about Him. More people talked about Him when they said He was sent by demons. They grew jealous as He grew in popularity, and eventually crucified Him; but little did they realize, that was the worst thing they could have done! Why? Because new life spilled into the universe as a result of His death and resurrection! Everything shifted at that point, and time was snapped in half like a twig. Because the veil was broken in half, history had two unique eras, and mankind had a newfound hope, and sin had lost its grip on us. The cross is the ultimate symbol of anti-fragility, and it is from it that the most abundant life arose. Because Jesus was obedient to the point of death, He bestowed upon us the greatest gift imaginable: the power to be resilient, unmovable, and anti-fragile in this world while remaining entirely free in the next!
Surprisingly, the early Church, enthralled by Jesus’ recent appearances, acquired His anti-fragile heart. It was persecuted and beaten down from the beginning, but the Gospel spread like Greek fire! When the Roman government enslaved Christians and sent them around Europe in the first and second centuries, it just increased the spread of the Gospel message. This is precisely why Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” When you persecute God’s people, their impact grows because anything that contains Jesus cannot be killed or destroyed!
Friend, this is you. Look to Jesus and recall the victory that was achieved on your behalf when you’re tempted to buckle under the weight of your circumstances! Nothing can separate you from His eternal love, so if the enemy tries to knock you down, you may bounce back stronger and more powerful. Because you’re dressed in Christ, anti-fragility is a wonderful aspect of your Heavenly clothing; I encourage you to wear it proudly!
Jesus, thank you for giving me your nature, especially your anti-fragility so that I can persist in the face of adversity.
What does it mean to you to be clothed with Christ? In what ways did the early Church model His Heavenly clothing in a way that you find inspiring?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.