by Mary Stout
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: 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. (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG)
The fashion world sure can come up with the most outlandish stuff. I wonder if any of it actually makes it into our world? Some of it is just outrageously ugly. Some of it provides a hearty laugh. While material garments provide us with some entertainment, God wants us clothed in what he gave us when we chose to become Jesus followers.
We are to clothe ourselves in love. How do we do that? Everyday we make a choice to follow his path of love. When we do we will be better able to reflect His light and love. It is only through consistent daily practice we develop more compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline. Jesus tells us how.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.'” (Mark12:30-31 NIV)
As we go deeper into knowing God’s Son and our Savior, we will become more loving, and people will see God’s nature in us. Each time we gather for worship, or serve in the community, it is an opportunity to wear our God-clothes and show the world the ultimate fashion show that brings peace and love to them when they choose Jesus.
Prayer: Lord I pray that you will help me be consistent in my spirit that I may daily choose to know you better. May my inner clothing provide others with a snapshot of you as I go throughout my day. Help me to discern your way when I am with people. If I stumble, help me to recover and shine your light to the world. In Jesus’ name, amen