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November 2005

You're Not Wearing That, Are You?

chimed my daughters as I headed out the door to a special meeting at school. "What?s wrong with this?" I asked, trying not to act put out. "The colors don?t match, Dad." "What do you mean?" I inquired. "I thought blue goes with everything." "Dad, do you see any blue in that striped shirt and tie." "Yes, I do." I responded. "That little stripe is navy blue." "No Dad that stripe is black." "It is?" "Are you sure?" "Upstairs in the closet light it looks blue to me." "Dad, It's Black. Please go up and change." I live with the Fashion Police. Although I have never received an expensive ticket for my appearance, I have received "the look". The look indicates that something terrible is wrong. I was leaving the home looking like I picked out my clothes all by myself. That is not acceptable.

For years I have relied on the great team of experts in my family to help me look good and I have greatly appreciated it. If you see a shirt you like, chances are my team picked it out. They are good. I learned long ago to rely on them, because they truly have a much better eye for color and fashion. What we put on is important because it can affect the way we view who we are and what we are doing. However, we also know that something much more important makes up the person. It's what's inside that counts. We live in a world that spends a lot of time trying to look good. Billions are spent on our faces, hair, muscles and clothes. With all we spend on that, how much time are you spending making sure you are looking good in your heart? A Tennessee farmer once quipped, "What comes up in the bucket is usually what's down in the well." Jesus made this statement when he was chastising the Pharisees in Matthew 12:34. "You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks."

We have a great opportunity to shine for God in our life as we decide to grow to be like Christ. Caring for our inner life is vital to our life and faith. What we put into our life is reflected in what is lived out.

In Paul's letter to the Colossians, he is constantly encouraging the church to consider what they are "dressed in". In Chapter 3 he tells them to get rid of the things in their life that are not what God wants. Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language are in this list . It's easy to see that Paul writes for all time. Each of us know what sin we must take off in our life. But Paul doesn't stop there. He immediately tells the Colossians what to wear. He writes starting in verse 12.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself 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."

What a wardrobe! Just think of what our families would say if they saw us clothed in these. Life with us would be a joy because we are wearing the very attributes of Jesus Christ.

The next time you are looking for something to wear in the morning, remember to put on the colors that match or the fashion police may stop by. But more importantly remember to put on the actions and attitudes of Christ.

In Christ's Love,

Pastor Craig

Community Covenant Church
Pastor Craig Johnson
P.O. Box 278, Upsala, MN 56384     Church (320) 573-2672     Fax (320) 573-4172