Colossians 3:1-2, 14
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
When we attend weddings, we admire the beauty of the bride and groom. We long for a great photo of the couple, or maybe even with the couple. The couple, along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, have “clothed themselves” with the very best money can buy. They have spent hours—and sometimes days—in preparation, and by the time the wedding begins, they look stunning. For the very first day of the marriage—and some would say the easiest day of marriage—the couple looks their very best!
There is a similar “putting on” that the Bible speaks of for every follower of Jesus, but this one is to be a daily practice.
Colossians 3:1 describes our position in Christ. We have been chosen, set apart, and raised with Jesus. That work was done permanently, and nothing can change that.
In Colossians 3:14, Paul expands on what our practice should look like. Our practice should equal our position.
Several times in Colossians 3 we are told to “put on” or “clothe ourselves” with the very best. This takes preparation, effort, and intentionality to choose to put on these Godly traits each day. This is what we do. This is our practice.
What does it look like for you to “put on” these today?
Verse 11 describes the powerful outcome that results when we are properly clothed, having put on love, and fully dressed: There are no irreconcilable differences for those in Christ. There is no Gentile, or Jew, insider, and outsider, uncouth or uncivilized. We are all united in Christ.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for our position in Christ. Today, I ask for Your grace to practice my position. Give me patience, gentleness, kindness, humility, and compassion with those I interact with today. May I see each person today as You see them. Amen