People tell me I am easy to find in a crowd – not because I am tall, but because I seem to always wear bright clothes. I guess it is one way to get noticed or remembered, but I am not sure it should be a goal in life.
I want to be known for fashionable choices they way Paul talks about Fashion.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17 NIV
Paul’s letter puts forth some “fashion rules” to apply to our lives, as we venture into the world. He gives us a “wardrobe” to wear so that we might make the right impression on the world.
Put on Compassion.
The compassion you receive from God should be reflected in the compassion you give.
Put on Kindness.
Your spirit should be sweet, tender, and filled with acts of open kindness.
Put on Humility.
Be humble in your actions and thoughts. Counting yourself as not first or the highest.
Put on Gentleness.
Be slow to anger and quick to find understanding.
Put on Patience.
That is a tough one. How long can you wait? As God has been long suffering with this world and us, we should show the same patience and restraint with others.
And over everything put on LOVE – don’t forget a hat … or don’t forget sun screen … or an umbrella
Here is the ‘nut’ of what I am trying to say …
Perhaps we have spent far too long as a church and as individuals wanting to look like the rest of the world.
And maybe, just maybe, the reason is that we are trying to hide … trying to blend …
And perhaps we are guilty of doing the same thing when we come to church …
Trying to be perfect … thinking that is what is needed here to fit in …
If we would act differently because of how we dress then maybe we have been dressing wrong all the time?
Maybe we need permission to look at ourselves the way God does …
God looks at the heart … not the outward appearance like we do …
Which is why Paul writes about clothing our lives with Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, and Love.
As you venture into the community this week … what will others see?
What will you be most concerned with as you look at others?
The clothes you wear … the outward appearance you put on display will not be the most important?
So What impression will you make?
Who will you be trying to impress?
How will you be clothed?