What Are You Wearing?

This past weekend, my son presented a beautiful engagement ring to a fine Christian girl and asked that all-important question, “Will you marry me?”

He took time and careful counsel to choose what he hopes is just the right ring for his intended.  He saved his hard-earned money and sacrificed to make payments until the ring was his.  He thought through how and where he would present the ring to her, to make the moment memorable. (she’s a children’s pastor, so he enlisted the help of the kids and did it at the end of the children’s church service)  Her acceptance of the ring indicated her acceptance of his love and their intention to spend their lives together as husband and wife.

But there’s a next step to this process that might seem pretty obvious.  How do you think my son would feel if she accepted the ring, but didn’t wear it?  That’s silly, you say.  She’ll be flashing that ring around for everyone to see!  Her choice to wear the ring demonstrates to the world her love and commitment to my son and their relationship

I believe the same is true of our relationship with Christ.  It’s not enough for us just to accept His forgiveness and salvation through His death on the cross.  Paul encourages the Colossians , “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other …Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)

It’s our choice to ‘wear’ the qualities Paul describes.  It seems obvious that we would want to wear them. This is how we declare to the world our love and commitment to the Son of God.  Putting on these virtues is an important part of demonstrating our relationship with Him and His children.  The world will know to whom we belong by our love for each other.

So…that’s what I’m wearing…besides that ‘mother-of-the-groom’ dress I’ll have to find.  Let the wedding planning begin!

Copyright 2010  Mary E. Egidio — permission is granted to share this work, but with attribution and not for commercial purposes.  (Yes, you can share this, but tell who wrote it, where you found it, and don’t try to sell it)

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