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Pastor Kyle’s Note: Costume Change

Pastor Kyle’s Note:

Costume Change

November 1, 2017

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Hopefully you didn’t walk into work this morning dressed in a Halloween costume. The time for wearing that costume has passed. That was yesterday’s wardrobe. And what’s more, if you’re reading this article then it’s probable that your career as a costume-wearing trick-or-treater has been over for years anyways!

In Colossians 3:5-9, Paul describes “yesterday’s wardrobe”: sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, anger, wrath and slander. “In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away,” he writes in Colossians 3:7-8a. These are the sins we are supposed to put to death; these are clothes we are supposed to put away in the deep recesses of our dresser drawers.

By grace through faith we have a new identity as “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved” (Colossians 3:12). As God’s chosen ones, we are called to dress accordingly. Jesus’ death and resurrection has freed us from the bondage of sin and enabled us to put on his character. The beautiful qualities of compassion, kindness, humility, patience and love are the outfit of a Christian disciple.

As God works in us to put on the character of Christ, there is a particular attitude that helps fuel and sustains our participation in that process. In verses 15, 16 and 17, Paul charges the Colossian church to be thankful.

This month the Life Application truth of Children’s Ministry, “Live the Adventure”, is Gratitude, or “letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.” A necessary step in the gratitude process is identifying what we appreciate about what others have done for us. It takes some reflection on the sacrifice of others. When we’re consumed with thankfulness towards God, then everything we do is letting him know that we see how he’s saved us. Gratitude for the Gospel protects us from turning our lives into a fashion show. If we simply try to put on moralistic garments to be a better person or gain the approval of others, then we reject the Gospel.

So tomorrow morning, as you spend time staring at your wardrobe, seize the opportunity to reflect on the Gospel and allow thankfulness for God’s mercy to overflow within you. Then you’ll be ready to put on the character of Christ.

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