Colossians – Christ in Us!
I was gratefully a bridesmaid only a few times. In each episode of getting ready for the wedding I was amazed by the mothers of each bride who attended meticulously to every detail…details that for this outdoor, sportsy type girl didn’t even think about. It was crazy! From underneath to on top of my body every detail had to be perfect in the eyes of these moms. Yikes. I learned that even the bows cannot be tied and placed by just anyone, they must match. So they were made and placed on each dress by a professional. (I’m seriously not making this up!) Tears were shed at times during the process of getting ready for the big day. Back in the day, my wardrobe consisted simply of jeans and a clean sweatshirt for winter. My winter jeans turned to cut offs for summer with a t-shirt on top. Yes, my wardrobe was cheap and simplistic. (It still is.) Smiling.
I learned a lot about what is important to some might not be as important to others. I didn’t fight the process of getting ready. In fact, it seemed I took the role of mediator and comforter, to help the bride relax and laugh in the craziness. Just do it, and we will have great stories to tell later, I would tell the brides to be.
What to wear, what to wear…I think back on my young adult days to remember dressing for different occasions and remembering my own mom telling me I should dress up a little more. She loved to sew and created beautiful dresses for me and herself to wear to special events. She even made a suit for me. I looked very “professional”. Someday you will get a job and you will need to dress up a little more than jeans and a t-shirt, she told me. Later, she decided to teach me how to sew which was a skill that came in handy later in my young married life. She taught me to be perfect in every line of stitching and to pay attention to following the pattern or “it won’t turn out right or be fit to wear”.
So many lessons in life teach us about how to do life here. We must sift through those experiences to seek the Truth of what is expected of us to wear in preparation for the most spectacular event of all. The return of Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom coming for His Bride, the church of believers, you and I! Ooh, what to wear, what to wear…
Jesus came to show us exactly what to wear and how to wear it. In thought, it is just as simplistic as my T-shirt and jeans but requires attention to every detail as we adorn ourselves, from the inside out, with the wardrobe God, Our Personal Designer, has picked out for each one of us.
Colossians 3, The Message
12-14 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.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
What do we learn? What to wear?
–Begin with love. Everything else is put on top of and around love. Love is always worn. Love is what you put on first. It is the basic all purpose garment. Everything else “fits” around love.
–With Christ’s love living in us we build our wardrobe with compassion for others. We begin to be more kind and gentle. The details of our lives are attended to with greater humility, quiet strength and the discipline to stay with what God began in us.
–We don’t need to be first in line or dress for success in the eyes of humans, we dress to meet Jesus one day, preparing for His return!
–We are more and more even-tempered, not worrying about what others are wearing or how they dress in their process of maturing.
–We forgive quickly. Like Christ.
–We follow the Pattern of Christ and don’t do things our own way. We wear what works, what fits, and pleases God.
–By wearing what works we have the peace of Christ with us through every situation and circumstance. If we get a rip or tear, He is there immediately to repair and restore us.
–The peace of Christ holds all of us together, “in tune with each other”, “in step with each other” because we are all following the Leader, the Head of the Band of followers.
–Do all, “every detail”, in Jesus Name. Yes and Amen!
–Live gratefully…for God has done, is doing and will do!
–Wear only our Designer Labels. We are what we wear.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for picking out our wardrobe that allows Your beauty and glory to be seen in us. Continue to transform and “dress” me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
May all be said and done in Jesus Name, Amen.
And I’m singing…
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
O my Savior divine, All my being refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.