So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility . . . And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. (Colossians 3:12, 14, MSG).
I went kicking and screaming into the “business casual” dress philosophy that began in 1990’s corporate America. When I finally relented, I combined my suit and tie with a blue shirt rather than a white one.
Yea, I’m a real fashionista, right?
So, how do you dress for work?
Ever put on love?
Paul says to put on love; to wear it as a part of the wardrobe God picks out for you. And for accessories, wear compassion, kindness and humility.
Can you imagine your workplace with everyone wearing jackets of compassion? Slacks of kindness? Shoes of humility?
Dressed in Jesus-labels?
That Eeyore Vampire—that negative person you work with—how could God change his heart if you wore “business compassion” to work? If you were the one styling a Jesus-labeled jacket of compassion for him?
That intern or assistant that always brings coffee to the rest of you, how would it transform her self-esteem if you showed up with a cup for her wearing “business kindness,” Spirit-labeled slacks?
Imagine the surprise that a competitor would have if you sent someone to them when you’re out of stock, wearing “business humility,” God-designed shoes? Your only motive to please God?
The Eeyore Vampire, the intern or assistant, the competitor would look right past your skirt and suit, and see only a wardrobe of Divine love.
When you stand in your closet tomorrow morning, trying to remember when you last wore what, as you pull your favorite skirt and blouse or blazer and slacks off the rack, reach up a little higher to the love shelf and grab some compassion, kindness and humility.
As you show up in God’s wardrobe, you increase your faith with greater joy at work while styling and profiling with more love for God and others. You work Faith Positive!
Mike Van Vranken
What love-garment would God ask you to wear to work first: compassion? Kindness? Humility? Why?