Read Colossians 3:12-14
Have you ever pressed the snooze button one too many times, and found yourself rushing to your morning destination? Later in the day, you pass a mirror and ask yourself, “what was I thinking when I got dressed this morning?” Maybe I’m crazy, or maybe I like sleep too much, but this seems to happen to me often. When we are rushed, we aren’t thinking as much about what we are putting on.
In Colossians 3, we are told to put on, or clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. We are also called to forgiveness, and most of all, love. I don’t know about you, but these things don’t always come naturally to me. Without Jesus, I get stuck in my selfish ways. On Wednesday, we talked about how Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, but until we reach heaven, we are still confronted with our sinful desires. In Christ’s power, we must everyday choose to put on these things that combat sin. Things such as compassion, humility, patience, forgiveness, and love.
Too often though, as we are rushing through life, we aren’t thinking as much about what we are putting on. The result is that our old nature starts to creep up on us. When we look in the mirror we might see things like anger, selfishness, lust, greed, or slander. You might start to ask yourself, “what was I thinking when I got dressed this morning?”
The key is Jesus. Every day, surrender yourself to Him. In all the rushing, stop and take time to be with Him. It doesn’t have to be fancy, simply ask and allow Him to renew you. As you do this, your reflection will begin to look a little less like the old, and a little more like Him.
1. What do you struggle most to put on, or clothe yourself with (compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love?) This week, choose one of these. Every morning, say a quick prayer asking God to fill you with _________. Don’t forget to believe that He will.
Laura Roland is a youth pastors wife and when she is not with teenagers, she is working with toddlers or drinking coffee. Laura lives life with a passion for people to know Christ in a life-changing way. She absolutely believes that nothing compares to living for Jesus.