Read Colossians 3:12-14 (Extended Reading: Colossians 3:1-17)
It is funny how people spend time picking out what clothing to wear each day. I often spend time doing it myself, and I’m always disappointed when something I like to wear shrinks (or maybe I just grow?), gets a hole, and/or a stain on it. Paul uses clothing as a spiritual thing in this passage. Most people spend time thinking about what to wear physically, but spiritually, what are we wearing every day? Do we even think about what others see us wearing? Physically or spiritual, everyone sees what we wear each day. It may be something benign that goes virtually unnoticed, or it could be something that catches the attention of others (for good and bad reasons). Paul is encouraging Christians to dress up in the wardrobe God picked out for us. In the world of social media, it is so easy to dress up ugly. We can easily find ourselves condemning and belittling others for their political and social views, and be ugly in our responses to others. God has a set of clothes that will allow us to stand out in the crowd…for good reasons. Paul urges us to dress in:
“compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
How simple can life be, when we choose second place? We can simply give our rights, and our desires away and through humility and compassion, lift others up. Forgive others quickly, and love them the way Christ first loved us. I know this discipline is harder than it sounds, but I think the more we dress ourselves in these garments, the easier it becomes to wear them every day. It will certainly make a statement to the world around us, and will allow us to truly have influence when we tell others how they can have the same clothing that we wear! God has already paid for the clothing, all we have to do is accept it and wear it.
So….what are you going to wear today?