Have you ever forgotten to get dressed in the morning?
Yep. This morning I forgot to get dressed.
I realized it as I was loading my kids into the car to take my "Middle Little" to school.
"Get in the car!"
“Are you listening to me??"
After nearly five minutes of wrangling them into the car, IT happened:
“Mom, I’m still hungry. I need a granola bar."
Foot on the brake, ready to back-out, I flipped.
That was when it hit me-
I forgot to put on my patience this morning.
(Phew. I bet you’re relieved, right?)
Saying I forgot to put on my patience doesn’t seem nearly as severe as forgetting to put actual clothes on my body, right? But if you dig into God’s Word, you’ll find that getting spiritually dressed is nothing to scoff at.
In Colossians 3:12 Paul says, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Then, in verse 14 he emphasizes, “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony."
Tenderhearted mercy (compassion),
Humility (putting others first),
Gentleness (moderate-- not excessive or intense),
We are to wear these.
And just like physical clothing, we are supposed to wear them every day-- without fail.
Why? Because like boots on a rainy day or a tank-top in the summer-- we have to be prepared for what life may throw at us. We would be completely uncomfortable if we went outside in 23 degree weather without coats, right?!
Let’s not miss what Paul said first-- “Since God chose you…"
He chose YOU. You are His, and you represent Him to the rest of the world.
That’s a high honor and a pretty intense calling, right?
One that requires preparation. Intention. Clothing.
Had I put on my love and patience this morning, my response to my son probably would have been more gracious and loving— more like the Father I want him to see through me. And we would have avoided unnecessary shame, frustration and tears.
I don’t always get it right, but I think that if I were diligent to get dressed spiritually every morning, I would probably get it right more often. Not in my own power-- but in the love, mercy, kindness, humility, patience and gentleness He openly provides every day.
What about you— did you know there is an entire closet at your disposal every morning, filled with everything you need to face the day?
Don’t make the same mistake as me and walk around spiritually bare! Let’s run to the closet, desperate and dependent on God’s provision, as we seek to live out lives that honor Him.
Word of the Day
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us together in perfect harmony.”
Lord, forgive me for so often neglecting to put on the love, compassion, kindness, humility and gentleness and patience you have given so freely. I want to honor you in the way I live my life before my family, my friends, and the people I will encounter today. Help me to walk in your strength, your love, your provision today. In Your Name, Amen.
Author: Katie Gibson