Day 08 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that...
“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].”
– Colossians 3:12
From kindergarten to second grade, I attended a private Christian school. In the third grade, I changed schools to a public school for the first time and I was extremely nervous. I can remember a specific instance during my first week of gym class. It was the good ol’ days when dodge ball was still played in my school. We were all lined up and the gym teacher picked two team captains. The captains were down to the end of the line and the teacher realized that there was an odd number of students. No one picked me, and when the teacher asked which team wanted me, no one even flinched. I felt so embarrassed. As the weeks went by, I made friends and eventually I wasn’t chosen last in gym class. As insignificant as a game of dodge ball is in the grand scheme of things, that same feeling of neglect or worthlessness can try to creep into our lives today. How easy is it to try and determine our worth based on the praises of others, what we have, or even our relationships? Those things are all good, but if we define our worth in them when they are gone, our own view of our worth dissipates.
Colossians 3:12 says that we are God’s chosen ones, His own picked representatives. This means that we were deemed worthy by God and that He chose us to be His spokespeople to the world. If God calls you worthy, you definitely are; if God chose you, it doesn’t matter who didn’t. The rest of verse 12 says that not only are we chosen, but we are to walk in that fact. It says to clothe ourselves as His chosen, and to behave as such. Once we accept that we are chosen by God, there is never a reason to feel less than. After the realization that we are made worthy through God’s love, we simply need to choose to love Him back and be a representative of that love to those around us.
Stay Strong and Carry On,