I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
Colossians 3:12-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[b] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[c] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Most people, in the morning, give at least some thought to the question, “What will I wear?” Some give a LOT of thought to answering that question and others think little of it. 35 years ago I knew a man who wore navy dress pants, a light blue long-sleeved button-down shirt, a navy tie, a black belt and black dress loafers every day, seven days a week. Commenting on his clothes, he said two things. First of all, that he actually owned a week’s worth of these clothes and didn’t wear the same set every day. Secondly, it saved him a lot of time every day not having to make a decision about what to wear. He always looked nice, but he always looked the same. That was, I suppose, the basis of his fashion sense.
The letter to the Colossians uses the image of getting dressed to talk about the distinctive life to which we are called and that God—at the same time—gives to us as a gift.
Christians are addressed here as “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.” What does that mean? God has chosen them through Jesus Christ to be God’s people. They are holy—meaning “set apart for a special purpose.” They are set apart from others by their faith in God through Christ. They are beloved—that is, loved by God. Since they are all these things—they ought to dress the part!
The same word applies to those of us who answer to the name “Christian.” Colossians calls us to dress the part of a Christian. So, what’s appropriate dress for a Christian? Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, and above all else, “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Roman Philosopher Epictetus said, “Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” That is the message of Colossians. If you are a Christian, a follower of Jesus, then dress like one! Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, and love.
What will you wear today?
There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “Where Charity and Love Prevail”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul. Listen to this hymn on SoundCloud.
Where charity and love prevail,
there God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love,
by love are we thus bound.
With grateful joy and holy fear
His charity we learn;
Let us with heart and mind and soul
now love him in return.
Forgive we now each other’s faults
as we our faults confess;
And let us love each other well
in Christian holiness.
Let strife among us be unknown,
let all contention cease;
Be His the glory that we seek,
be ours His holy peace.
Let us recall that in our midst
dwells God’s begotten Son;
As members of His body joined,
we are in Him made one.
No race or creed can love exclude,
if honored be God’s name;
Our family embraces all
whose Father is the same.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster