A lot of stuff happens because they should.
An egg can’t be an egg apart from its shell.
Onions would be blah without their skin.
A fetus won’t thrive outside the amniotic sac in its mommy’s womb.
Skin covers us from the elements like the sun’s rays and microbes. I can’t imagine how monstrous-looking we would be without it.
So you see, we’ve all been created with some kind of laminate—for our protection.
Having worked in the packaging business for some time in the past, I learned to value good packaging as key to a product’s extended shelf life.
But we’re no onion or pickle or egg. We’re humans created in the image of the One who manufactured us. Yes, we have our skin to cover us from the elements, our physical environment.
Yet He breathed His Spirit into us to make us the crowning glory of His creation. And as spiritual beings, we need a second layer of protection.
Something not fleshy or carnal. And it’s far more enduring than anything we can depend on for our security. It’s a must for our very survival—eternal endurance.
Put on—clothe yourself with—Jesus, commands God.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross makes it all possible. He not only shields us from sickness and the schemes of the evil one. The blood of Jesus is our guarantee of salvation.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that those who believe in Him might have eternal life.” John 3:16
This means we have spiritual victory and will always be with him even beyond our mortal lives.
Jesus dwelling in our hearts is the only image heaven will scan upon our entry into the pearly gates.
Have you been Jesus-barcoded? What image will heaven’s scanner read when our eternal Cashier checks us for authenticity?
Repent. Acknowledge Christ as your Savior. Put your faith in Him. Obey. That’s heaven’s stamp of approval.
Your shelf-life depends on it.