THE SERVANT GENERAL
PUTTING ON GOD’S HOLINESS
Today’s reading: Colossians 3:12-21
We are God’s people, called according to His purpose,
and chosen to do His work of proclaiming His good news of
salvation to all, and of renewing the family and defending
life. As among “God’s chosen ones,” we are
“holy and beloved” (Eph 3:12a). We are greatly
loved by God, and we are called to be holy as He is holy.
To be loved by God is His unconditional unilateral decision.
To be holy is our response. We are to live pure.
live pure, we put on holy attire. What are the aspects of
Heartfelt compassion. We care for the well-being of others,
especially those who have less in life. Our hearts desire
to extend the love of God to all others, in whatever way
Our action, speech and thought are not demeaning of others.
We see the dignity of others as children of God even when
they are acting otherwise.
We do not put on airs. We are not out for power, position,
prestige. We consider others as more important than ourselves.
We do not impose the weight of our authority. We are like
nursing mothers caring for their children.
We make adequate allowances for the shortcoming of people.
We are not quick to condemn. We can quietly endure.
with one another (Col 3:13a). We realize that all can fall
short of the expectation of others, and we accept each other
notwithstanding. We know we are all called together to be
a family, a community, and we are committed to each other
in spite of our shortcomings.
one another (Col 3:13b). We do not cling to grievances against
another, but rather forgive. We realize that “as the
Lord has forgiven (us), so must (we) also do.” (Col
3:13d). If the holy and innocent One forgave those of us
who were sinners, who sent him to the cross, then we can
forgive the lesser offenses of others against us.
(Col 3:14). We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
We are to love as Jesus loves, giving of himself without
counting the cost, giving his all, even unto death.
(Col 3:15a). We are to be in right relationships with everyone
else, especially in our community. We are to avoid strife,
conflict, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of
selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy.
(Col 3:15b). Knowing God’s unconditional love for
us, appreciating His calling us into community by which
we are supported and by which we can serve, we are thankful.
We recognize the many small blessings we receive each and
according to the word of Christ (Col 3:16a). We are to be
a people of the Book, the holy Bible, which provides God’s
wisdom and guidance in life. We read, meditate on, and study
the Bible each and every day.
support for each other. We care for one another, “as
in all wisdom (we) teach and admonish one another”
(Co 3:16b). We are our brothers’ keepers. We teach,
encourage, correct, admonish and support each other in living
a life of holiness.
in prayer and worship. Our daily life should be filled with
joy as we sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in (our) hearts to God” (Col 3:16c).
What a great and wonderful life He has given us!
all for Jesus. “And whatever you do, in word or in
deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col 3:17).
We belong to Jesus. We live for him. We dedicate our whole
life, everything that we are, to serve him. Jesus is our
first and only priority (all others fall into place after
strong families in Christ. We are to have right relationships
within the family (Col 3:18-21), according to Biblical and
not worldly principles. We are to work to renew and strengthen
is not something nebulous, but rather is very practical, lived
out from day to day. It is all about living as a true Christian.
It is all about reflecting the very virtues of God. It is
putting on holy attire, the garment of the bride prepared
for the bridegroom.
be holy is to live pure.