Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FIRST ---GET NAKED

Peeked your curiosity with that title did I not?




The little grands LOVE to play dress up.  They can transport themselves into all kinds of fantasies by just putting on the uniform for any particular character---super heroes---policeman---fireman---construction workers--doctors---soldiers---cowboys---astronauts-You NAME IT--they can become that very thing by taking off their clothes---and putting on the uniform or suit of the person they desire to be.  They then assume the role and actually act and become the very character they are dressed to portray.  Something as simple as putting on different clothes totally transforms them.





In our study of Colossians in the Women's Bible Study, God shows us how we must FIRST take off---the clothes of the world--"sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language" .  The grave clothes of the world. The clothes which mark us as "Of The World" and conform us to it.




Once we have stripped the world from us---or once we are naked--then it is time to put on the uniform of Christ--"Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness/Meekness, Patience/Long-suffering, Forbearance, Forgiveness, and Love."  We put on the clothes which are identical to those which Christ wore. Our grace clothes are patterned after Christ's own clothing.





When you rise each and every morning, you make a conscious decision which set of clothing you are going to wear that day. Each person you encounter during the day will recognize you because of the uniform you have chosen to wear for the day.  Will they see you coming and know you have your grave clothes on, or will the aura that shines around your very being mark you as having on the uniform of grace?  We all come into the world naked--what clothes will you be wearing when you leave this world?  I pray that my grace clothes will become my uniform of the day-each and every day--clothed in grace.

 BECAUSE I am thankful for all the blessings that God rains upon me daily, I looked and was open for the opportunity for Him to use me today, it did not happen, or so I thought, while spending the afternoon with #3 and then I remembered perhaps the respite for his mother of one of her three was an act of kindness while a blessing for me.  His Plan


"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."
Colossians 3:12

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