We’ve been talking about the importance of living a life “worthy of the gospel.” While our inner life is of utmost importance in our spiritual journey, it is our behavior (how we dress up) that our friends and family see and determines how legit they believe Jesus to be.
In many of his letters to the churches, Paul had a section on practical Christian living. The end of Colossians 3 is that kind of section. Here’s how Paul starts out:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14 emphasis added)
Imagine what the world would be like if every believer in Jesus lived as if they had put on some brand-new clothing. What would your family think if your life more fully revealed these wonderful, Christ reflecting, characteristics? Wow.
• Pick out two character traits from the list in Colossians 3:12-14, and pray for God to give you insight into how to reflect them in the week ahead.
• Is there one person in your life who needs to experience you in this way? Is there something you can do for that person that would reflect these character traits?