You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at what they are wearing. In many cases you can tell who/what someone is following. A bold man with an orange robe sitting legs crossed, might be a follower of Budha. An expressionistic man in blue with two horns attached to a hard hat and an over sized nose ring… You guessed it… Probably a Blue Bulls rugby supporter. (A team which I am proud to support.)
Then what should we as followers of Christ wear?
The famous Jesus Freak bandanna? What about the “I love Jesus” T-Shirt? Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Christian apparel… BUT… If you need a T-Shirt for people to know that you follow Christ, there’s something wrong.
Paul gives us our “outfit” for our lives in Colossians 3
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (Colossians 3:12-13 NLT)
Paul gives us a pretty good picture of what the world must see when they look at us. They must experience us as mercifull, kind, humble, gentle, and patient etc. But that can’t be all? There’s gotta be more… People who don’t follow Christ can do all those things.
Paul gives the one thing that seperates us from the world in verse 14.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14 NLT)
We Love people, not because we are commanded to or because we feel sorry for them but because every single person on earth carries within them the very DNA and the image of Christ! It is only when motivated by Love that our actions of kindness, compassion, patience etc. are a true reflection of who we are in Christ.
Jesus summarizes this beautifully in John 13
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
I ask you again…. What are you wearing?