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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Dress for togetherness

Colossians 3:12 Put on then (clothe yourself), as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

The other day, one of our grandkids came out with an interesting set of clothes. She had on pants, a skirt, a tutu, a glittery T-shirt, a jean jacket, adorned with a feather boa, and of course a tiara. Oh, I almost forgot the sunglasses and heels. As she came walking out, well, really doing her best purposeful walk like a runway model, I said, “Wow, look at you, all dressed up.” She replied as she flung her red feather boa over her shoulder, “Yea Papa, I’m goin’ OUT!” as she strutted off to the next room. How fun. I am not sure what was going on in her little mind, but she purposely chose her clothing.

The above Bible verse starts with the words “put on.” In the original language in which this was written is one Greek word that means to clothe, dress, or wear. It’s the word picture of the purposeful action and choice to dress or put on. In this case to put on actions and traits that reflect Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

The Apostle Paul was challenging the followers of Jesus in Colossae and us to intentionally make choices to act differently.

Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

The challenge is not to act as the world does that is self-focused and self-obsessed but to dress or intentionally take on actions that promote unity, love, and togetherness. Too much in our world separates, promotes hate, outrage, and disunity. However, we are called to be different.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

We are to make choices to be compassionate, kind, humble, controlled, patient, helpful, forgiving, and loving. Wow, that’s quite an outfit! One that will not only grab a lot of attention but build togetherness. Each one of those characteristics builds relationships, fosters belonging, encourages togetherness, brings on unity, and fans the flame of love.

Why not dress for togetherness and try on a few of these attributes. Who do you know that needs some compassion? Can you think of someone that could use some kindness? What about someone that could use some help? Let’s dress for togetherness.

Church is a wonderful occasion to dress for togetherness. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking to dress for togetherness along with you,