Humility and kindness – these are qualities that all parents desire to teach their children. In fact, they are attributes our parents strived to pass down on us.
However, as knock-kneed children, being meek and compassionate toward others was probably the last thing on our minds. We were fixed on story-telling, impressing those around us with our wild experiences, winning coloring contests, and collecting the most Easter eggs in our pastel wicker baskets.
Unfortunately, the truth is – we were sure to have stepped on others feelings a time or two in that process.
Even as adults, it’s not easy to count others better than ourselves. Outdoing others in work projects is a top priority, and climbing the career ladder becomes a prime focus. Yet, as Children of the Living God, it’s necessary to die to our pride every single day.
This death to vanity presents the perfect beauty and picture of God’s grace. You are not saved by your works, good deeds or latest work victory.
You are saved by the LORD’s grace alone. We are all sinners, born with this nature, and that is why the spotless lamb had to suffer on that rugged cross – for you and me.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
May we choose to dress ourselves in the grace of our Almighty Father. By making the choice to wear garments of kindness and humility, we are choosing to display the grace of our Father.
Every morning may we step into our spiritual clothes of faith – acknowledging that no man is better than the other; but, we are all unique and meaningful in the eyes of our Creator.
Smell in the freshness of these garments stitched with the threads of gentleness. They are some of the finest vestments we can model. We decide everyday either to strap on pride and selfish ambition or to button ourselves with His grace.
May we always choose grace.