As Autumn quickly moves to Winter here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s becoming increasingly colder. We even had a forecast of “possible snow showers” for this coming weekend!
At the start of Winter, I always pack my summer clothes into plastic boxes and put them into the attic, to make room for my warmer, bulkier more suitable winter clothing.
I’m not really a Winter person. Actually that’s an understatement- I have to work very hard at not complaining about being cold. But properly clothed, a person can actually survive even the harshest weather conditions. I find I’m always warmest if I have really good foundation clothing on – in other words a good old fashioned thermal vest. Without one, even if I have the warmest of fleeces on, the cold still seems to penetrate.
God has Provided The Foundation Clothing We Need For The Harshest Of Conditions:
As followers of Jesus, God has provided an all-weather spiritual wardrobe for us:
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
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14
There’s no doubt about it, life can be tough! On a daily basis, at home, school and work, we meet all sorts of storms – many of these in our relating to people, There’s a lot of focus on “the armour of God” and that’s also very important, but what about these all-important foundation garments that God has provided for us – Kindness, humility, and gentleness? These qualities listed in Colossians 3, that we’re simply told to clothe ourselves with, enable us as Christians to face whatever comes our way. We can even face hostility and criticism when we are “dressed” in forgiveness, patience and love.
If I dress properly for going out into the cold, is the weather going to change? No, of course not, it’s Winter, extreme weather can be expected. But I will be equipped to face it!
Dressing in the garments God has provided for us to won’t change the weather forecast. But you will be equipped to face it.
“I’ve Nothing To Wear!”
Two last thoughts to close with:
Notice that we are told in Colossians “clothe yourselves”. God, our loving Father has provided the means for me to be equipped, but I’m to dress myself. I’m a big girl now, only babies need to wait to be dressed by their parents.
“I have nothing to wear” – It’s the age-old cry that wafts from before open wardrobe of many a frustrated modern-day diva.
When it comes to my “spiritual wardrobe” I have no such gripe! It’s filled to overflowing with everything I need to equip me to face my day. Talk about power dressing!