Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. – Colossians 3:12
Getting dressed for work is a mundane task for me every day. I don’t have to put any effort into deciding what to wear to work everyday cause it’s decided for me. Every morning, I just go into my closet and pick out a pair of royal blue scrubs. By wearing this uniform, everyone knows what my job is at work. My badge and uniform lets others know what my duty and role is at work without me having to say anything. I don’t have to walk up to everyone and tell them “Hi, my name is Ashley and I’m a registered nurse.”
Just like the scrubs I wear lets others know what my job is, what uniform do we wear to let others know we are followers of Christ? Paul tells us exactly that in the third chapter of Colossians. We don’t have a physical uniform like we may wear to our jobs but by expressing these characteristics through our words and actions, we can make Christ known to others. By stripping off the sinful nature we had before knowing Christ (verse 9), we shadow our lives on the example set before us by Jesus Christ.
Being a follower of Christ means expressing the love and mercy He has shown us while we were still sinners to others. Being merciful, kind, patient, and forgiving to others is our uniform. We don’t have to say “I follow Christ” to make it known to those around us. Let us show we are Christians by how we live and how we love. Live in peace with each other and not let the world distract our hearts from the love Christ has shown us. Let our actions speak louder than our words.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love which binds us all together in perfect harmony. – Colossians 3:14