Then put on the garments that suit God's chosen people, his beloved; compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. Cl. 3:12 NEB

Our grandson who is in the army national guard often drops in to have dinner with us. It is not unusual for him to come directly from weekend drill which means he arrives in camouflage.

In the military, wearing camouflage is important. You need to blend in with your surroundings to avoid being a target of the enemy. God even dresses much of wildlife in camouflage to protect them from predators.

Paul's instructions to the Colossians church would in no way result in the wearing camouflage. Quite the opposite. They were asked to boldly wear the uniform of Christ.

In reading this scripture, I was forced to put myself in that congregation. This was not an easy time for the Christian Church. Boldly declaring their allegiance to Christ could result in persecution -- even death. Would I have had the courage?

We pray in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven." For that to happen, we must all boldly wear His uniform.

Lord, give us the courage to boldly wear the uniform of Your Kingdom. Amen.

Madeline (NE)