Read Colossians 3:12-17.
We had just finished breakfast and our teenage daughter began to read for the family devotions. We heard, “Clothe yourselves with Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.” It took a moment to register what she had said. As we stared at her she replied, “Well, that’s what I wished it said.” She does enjoy fashion and enjoys dressing in the latest style. She notices how things are pulled together in an ensemble and she is the first to tell someone when they have on something she likes. But even she had to admit that while how we look on the outside may be where a lot of our time, energy, and money goes it isn’t how God wants us to look as Christians.
You may not be upper class with money to buy designer, but you are God’s chosen. So when you go out dress the part. Choose that totally stylish ensemble of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Put on the striking and noticeable jewelry of forgiveness, peace, and gratitude. Love is the accessory that pulls it all together.
Do you watch people as I do and draw conclusions about them according to the way they dress and conduct themselves? Just today I was having coffee with an Egyptian friend. We noted some of the behaviors that we had been noticing in our very immigrant neighborhood. “I’m sorry to say this, but these people are basically low class.” In America we identify people in the same way based on their actions, their vocabulary, and their dress. When you go out wearing an outfit of rejection, meanness, pride, harshness, and impatience, you aren’t living up to the place you have as God’s dearly loved. If you are wearing the cheap jewelry bitterness, anger, and ungratefulness, then it is assumed you don’t belong to the holy family.
Paul says in Colossians that when you do something, when you say something, when you interact with others, let it be obvious what your class is. It isn’t high, middle, or low. It is Christian. It is representing Christ. When others give you the look over and size you up, let it be noted that you are a Gucci kind of Christian, clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Accessorize with forgiveness, peace, wisdom, and gratitude. Let love pull it all together.
Question: What are you wearing today?