Richard Brash

Pastor of Community Engagement, Ellicott City Crossroads Church of the Nazarene


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Richard Brash

What Are You Wearing Today?

27th July 2018

Colossians 3:12-15 NRSV - As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.

I don’t often think too much about the clothes I am going to wear each day. Often I select an outfit based on what is clean and is suitable for the kind of activities in which I will engage throughout the day.

Do you select your clothing based on the weather, activities, even making choices based on the people you might encounter throughout the day? Yes, even the people I plan to encounter during the day plays a role in the clothes I choose to wear. I try to anticipate the people I might run into and select clothing that is appropriate for the situation.

All to often we wear our holiness on the outside, like a jacket. A jacket is easily put on and taken off. We grab a jacket on the way out the door so we can throw it on later if we get chilly or take it off when we get warm. Do you wear your holiness like that?

Or perhaps you commit a little more and put your holiness on, like a shirt. A shirt takes a little more effort and commitment to remove and change. You may have to pull over or duck into a restroom for quick switcheroo. But, it isn’t all that inconvenient to change.

Now, when it comes to your underwear, you don’t simply change underwear during the day while you are out and about without some forethought thought and planning. I have to remove everything including my shoes in order to get down to the things I wear closest to my skin.

When Paul tells his readers to clothe themselves in holiness in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and above all, love, these virtues should permeate our very being. Removing them should not be as easy as removing an outer garment, like a jacket. Instead, the holiness virtues we should be wearing ought to be all the way to our core just like our underwear is right next to our skin.

What are you wearing today?



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