Have you experienced a time when a line of Scripture speaks so directly to your heart and soul that you know it’s God saying to you, “This is what I want to say to you today… hear this well, my beloved child” ?
Such a verse came today.
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
Chosen to be one of God’s holy people! Chosen by God, who loves me! My soul needed to hear this. The words thrilled my heart, flooded me with thankfulness, and fired my desire to be His and His alone.
The Scripture goes on to say we’re to make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive each other just as Christ forgives us…and, boy, do I have many faults, and He forgives daily. Above all, we’re to clothe ourselves with love, and whatever we say or do, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.(v. 17)
Christ came to this world to reconcile the lost to the God who created them. When He left the earth, He commanded His followers to carry on His mission. We are to represent Christ to the world who does not know Him. What a calling!
And since we are God’s chosen, holy people, we’re to dress the part.
Do you dress in a certain way for your job? Doesn’t a person’s dress tell you something about who they are? We might protest that we should never judge by outward appearances; but in reality, we do take visual cues from a person’s attire.
The way we dress also affects the way we act. When I entered college as a freshman, women wore only skirts to class and the library. When the dress code relaxed to allow jeans, behavior relaxed as well. If your workplace observes Casual Fridays, don’t you notice a difference in attitude and behavior? What we wear often determines boundaries and promotes standards of conduct.
The way we dress tells others who we are and also affects our own actions and attitudes. That’s true of how we clothe our spirits, too. Our choices tell the world about who we are, and when we’re determined to dress the part of a representative of Jesus Christ, we’ll choose carefully and our actions and spoken words will be affected.
I have a business meeting tomorrow morning, and so I’ll try to make appropriate choices when I go to my closet. As I start my day, will I also make careful choices in how I dress my spirit? Will I choose those things appropriate for a representative of Jesus Christ?
We’re even given a checklist, guidelines on how to clothe ourselves.
a tender heart of mercy
Then, wrap your entire heart, soul, and mind with love and thankfulness.
Have you forgotten to put on any of the above today?
We have been chosen by God to be His holy people, whom He loves, and we’re on this earth to be His representatives and carry on His work.
I want to dress properly for my calling.