January 11, 2014


Colossians 3:1-17

Before I get dressed in the morning, I think about the weather for the day and what I’m going to be doing and plan what to wear accordingly. If it’s warm outside I might wear shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops, but not if I’m going to the hospital to be with a member having surgery. I’m particular in how I dress. As a pastor I want to look professional and my shirt, pants, socks, shoes, and belt to go together. I also want to be prepared for most any situation I might find myself in during the day.

In the verses above the Apostle Paul gives us advice on getting spiritually dressed for the day. If our hearts are clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, we will be ready for most any situation we might find ourselves in—especially if we bind the ensemble together in perfect harmony with love. Dressed in such spiritual garments we are ready as disciples of Christ Jesus to witness to his saving love and grace to all we come in contact with during the day.

PrayerDear Lord Jesus, may we be dressed this day in your qualities of righteousness in order to make you known to the people you will send us to. In your name we pray. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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