What Does Your T-Shirt Say About You?
Recently, I was at a baseball game, and I noticed how many people were wearing t-shirts with slogans. Some of these were super funny, others were sad or sarcastic, and a few were quite offensive with language I won’t repeat. The whole concept about t-shirts made me think, what would I want to say if I wore a t-shirt? We make ourselves walking billboards, but is the message we are sharing on our t-shirt showing who we are? Who are we allowing to advertise on us for free?
What Does Your T-Shirt Say About You?
What we choose to wear has a significant influence on how people perceive us. Why? Because if we are wearing a t-shirt that supports something that someone else supports, it can strike up a great conversation and build a connection of comradery, but if it is something someone doesn’t support, be ready for the backlash of hate and for the venom to spew.
What Would Be Your Slogan?
What we wear can also spark discussion, encourage, and lead people to greater understanding. We can even educate on a topic or a group they might not know. So, I am asking you this same question: What would your slogan be if you designed a t-shirt?
I’ve decided if I were to design a t-shirt, I want it to say, “Jesus Understands.” In the world we live in, there isn’t much understanding going on for anybody. The world is in a state of trying to make everything make sense, but it doesn’t. We are living in times that call for a deeper sense of understanding, but we refuse to listen to the One who truly can and does understand our troubles.I were to design a t-shirt, I want it to say, “Jesus Understands.” Click To Tweet
Jesus Understands It All!
There is no problem in this world that Jesus doesn’t understand. We may be living in a different time than when Jesus walked on the earth, but the issues are still the same. Jesus understands our fears, emotions, and where we need healing. He understands our anxiety, anger, and our frustrations. Jesus understands our needs and even our wants. He understands our longing to be loved and accepted. No one understands our broken hearts and our doubts more. He understands our sinful heart and still chooses to love you and me.
3 Examples of Jesus’ Understanding
How do I know this? Because Scriptures give us many examples where Jesus understood the situation and chose to demonstrate His love in powerful ways.
In John 4:1-42, we find Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman, who was considered the lowest of the low but longed for love and acceptance. Jesus understood and set her free with the drink of living water.
In John 8:1-11, a woman was caught in adultery, and the priests brought her to Jesus, trying to trap Him and have her stoned to death. But Jesus understood what was going on, calling out her accusers until they had no ground to stand on. He gave her forgiveness, telling her to go and sin no more.
In John 5:1-15, a man lying beside the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem was paralyzed and in need of healing all his life. Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed, and the man told him he couldn’t get to the pool on his own. Jesus understood this man desired to be healed and told him to take his mat and go home.
We Needed His Understanding the Most!
There was a world in desperate need of forgiveness of their sins. People who had walked purposefully away from God, living in their own selfish ways. Sinners who were in desperate need of a Savior. People who needed a perfect sacrifice whose love could cover a multitude of sins. It was through the innocence of a man who hung on a cross and beaten beyond recognition who suffered the most excruciating death known to humanity where Jesus spoke these words,
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Jesus understood His plan and purpose for this world. Luke 23:24:
Jesus Understands You!
When you feel hurt in this world, Jesus understands. If you are feeling all alone or rejected by those who love you, Jesus understands. If you feel betrayed by those who say they love you, Jesus understands. When it seems like the whole world has turned its back on you, Jesus understands. When you feel you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, Jesus understands.
One Thing We Never Have to Understand
For everything Jesus understands, there is one thing none of us will ever have to understand, and that is separation from our Father. Jesus is the only one who will ever know what it is like to be separated from the love of His Father and to have to conquer death on His own. He paid the price, knowing we could never pay it on our own. Jesus completely surrendered His life, not for His sake, but for our own.
We can use these examples and find comfort in knowing that no matter what we face, Jesus understands. He has experienced the same feelings and emotions that each of us faces daily.Thanks to Jesus, there is one thing none of us will ever have to understand: separation from God. Click To Tweet
No Problem Too Big or Small
I pray this will encourage you when you are facing difficulties or going through life’s daily struggles that you will remember to run to the One who can help you through. No matter the size of the problem, Jesus understands, and there is no problem too big or small that Jesus doesn’t understand.
Two Powerful Words
Yes, this is why my T-Shirt slogan would say, “Jesus Understands.” These are two powerful words that have made a difference for me and the entire world.
Want to make a difference? The next time you wear a t-shirt, wear a positive message that gives hope to the world and reminds others that Jesus is alive and well. Let your slogan spur others on to seek a relationship with Jesus or strengthen their faith.
Love is the Language that Jesus Understands Most of All
This pandemic teaches us every day how limited time is on this earth. Jesus only lived for thirty-three years on this earth, but His impact through His words is felt in every nation, tribe, and tongue. Let’s take the example of Jesus’ understanding and be more understanding towards one another. Love is a language that Jesus understands most of all!
If you were to design your own t-shirt, what would it say? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.