Colossians 3:12 NIV
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."
Every morning we get up, wash our face, shower, "put on our makeup", "put on our clothes" and begin our day. Have you ever considered how much time we spend doing our makeup, hair, clothes, jewelry etc. so that we look good? For various reasons we sometimes have to go through this routine more than once a day. We put a lot of effort into clothing ourselves and there's nothing wrong with wanting to look your best.
However, God wants us to also clothe ourselves with the things that are of lasting value, things of true worth-
When these things drape our lives, we are moving outside ourselves and touching the lives that cross our paths each day. We are bringing God pleasure. Can you imagine for a minute what it means to bring God pleasure?
At the end of our lives, or even at the end of the day, will people remember the outfit we were wearing or will they remember that we had compassion for others, were kind to those around us, that we were sacrificially humble instead of selfish, arrogant and proud, or that we were gentle and patient when it was hard? Will they wonder were we bought our stylish clothes or will they wonder about the God that makes this difference in our lives? I hope the latter.
Each morning as we "put our outer trappings on to look our best" why don't we start a new habit of praying through our morning routine...
Brush my teeth and and pray for God to give me a spirit of compassion and to
notice those in need.
Comb my hair and pray for God to comb
kindness into the way I treat others.
Wash my face and ask God to wash away every trace of selfishness or arrogance from my life and instead fill me with a humble heart.
While gently putting on my jewelry, ask God to help me to be gentle rather than harsh or demanding.
As I put my clothes on pray for God to weave patience into the testings and
irritations that come into my day.
And why do we do all of this? Because we are God's CHOSEN people and we are holy and dearly loved by Almighty God, Creator of all things, The King of Kings.