Monday, March 30, 2015
Where did you get that jacket?
John 19:2-3 – … and they put a purple robe on him. 3 … they mocked…
The robe put on Christ was not His doing or thinking but was done by those around Him to mock and ridicule Him. You see, they didn’t think of Him as a king so this was a gesture to demean or belittle Him. The robe or jacket represents expectations and roles, sometimes referred to as life scripts, often given by family members or friends to the same. It is how they expect you to act in any number of circumstances. The script is crafted by them for you to act out. Have you ever felt the pressure from family or friends to respond a certain way while inside you thought the opposite of what they expected you to? Have you ever had family or friends to tell a joke that was not funny at all to you because it put someone or some group of people down, yet you felt the pressure to laugh with them and maybe you did so to avoid conflict? There are a number of ways people around you may attempt to influence you by having you wear a robe or jacket that is not in keeping with your thoughts about yourself. The problem with succumbing to life scripts, written by others for you or wearing a robe or jacket they have for you, is that the script or jacket is as healthy as the person who gave it to you.
The robe they gave Christ in no way reflected who He was but in every detail reflected who they were. So what do you do when you find yourself wearing a jacket or living out a life script given by people who need you to do so for their purposes, which often originates from their brokenness? What do you do when those around are mocking the truth about you, who you are and what you are called to do?
You identify with them in their need for growth and pray that God would give you wisdom in managing that relationship. You pray for them, asking God to bring them to the place in their lives that He desires them to be. You thank God for them because they are a part of His plan for your growth and development. Take a moment right now to identify the life scripts you may be following or jackets you may be wearing that are the thinking and doing of others. Give them to God and start your new life today!