When I was in the military, the uniform of the day specified what I wore on a given day. I usually wore drab olive fatigues and combat boots, but on occasion I was required to wear my dress blues and spit-shined shoes.
When Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians, he described their uniform of the day, and he instructed them to:
Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. ~Colossians 3:12-14: The Message
Regardless of whether you’re wearing blue jeans, a black tie and suit, or a stylish dress, don’t forget to put on the love of Christ—it’s your “all-purpose garment” and uniform of the day.
I’m a blue jeans sort of guy, and I’ve never been much for pomp and circumstance. Most days of the week, with the exception of Sunday, you’ll probably see me wearing a pair of blue jeans crafted by Lee.
When I slip my britches on of a morning, I see the label to the left. It speaks of over 125 years of craftsmanship and authentic quality. When I read this label, I’m reminded of the way God works in the lives of His children.
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
Each of us are the unique creation of the Master Craftsman. We reflect the authentic quality of His love, and we are the instruments through which His grace and mercy flow into the lives of others.
When you look at this verse in the words of The Voice, you get a better understanding of the workings of God: “We are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.”
You aren’t some barely legible and hastily scribbled note on a brown paper sack. You’re a carefully etched piece of poetry written by the hand of God, and the rhyme and rhythm of your life is the evidence of His workmanship.
You truly are a piece of art.