Hardly anyone forgets to put on clothes before going to work or school in the morning. In fact, some of us are very meticulous when it comes to getting dressed. We shop at our favorite stores, we are particular about colors, and we carefully select just the right tie to go with the right suit, or a certain colored blouse to go with a certain skirt. If we're honest, we spend a lot of time adorning ourselves with clothes and accessories — perhaps too much time. Many are obsessed with being well dressed.
Confessions of a Well-Dressed Believer
Due to my profession, I confess that my morning routine largely consists of getting dressed for work. I put a lot of thought and time into how I look. I even review my calendar to make sure that my outfit is appropriate for the various events planned. I won't leave the house in the morning until I'm satisfied that I'm appropriately dressed for the day. Yet, somehow, in all my meticulous fervor, I often neglect to put on the most important thing:
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. . . . And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12, 14)
Christians are called to live a holy lifestyle consistent with their new identity in Christ. Paul wanted believers to wear the virtues of Christ as they might wear clothes — consistently, meticulously, and in a way that communicates something about who they are and what they value.