Colossians 3:12-14The Message (MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, 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.
WhenI am asked: Why go to church? – one of the things that I always speak about is the people you find in church. Trough the many years I spent in church as a regular church goer and also as a minister, I discover the beauty and the strength that comes from being part of this thing called church. As Christians, we are not perfect, and I will be one of the first ones to tell you that. Yes you will find different people in churches that might make you wonder about their kindness, or compassion and at the same time time you will find others that are just an example of what it means to be transformed by God’s grace.
It is in that together walk, when people from different background molded by God’s love that we grow, we learn and start to make sense of what God is doing in our lives. We need to be in that togetherness, we are called to step out from or shell and be part of something bigger than us. Church for me, is seeing God at work in a practical way, in my life and in the lives of those around me.
Today I pray that as we think church, we can all be challenged to be listen, to grow and to serve as we never did before. Because we are the church, the body of Christ, the very visible presence of who God is in a world that is looking for answers, for authenticity and for grace.