My sister was the oldest of the three of us. She was good at getting us to do “her thing.” She even got my brother and I to play “dress up” with her. We’d all put on dresses, (yes! dresses) and go show mom and dad. It’s pretty silly, I know! I have a picture of the three of us from 1956. My Dad thought it was so funny, he laughed and laughed and made us stand there until he got his flash bulbs out and his camera ready which took forever so he could take pictures of us. He would use them later to humiliate my brother and I.  

In Colossians 3:11 Paul explains that all our differences are undone! I couldn’t help but think of how each of these titles would be recognizable in society by the way they were dressed. He includes, Greek, Jew, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and free men. You’d know by looking at them which they were. But Paul goes on to say that in Christ these difference don’t exist. He says in verse 12 of Chapter 3, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” All good Christians should learn how to play dress up! I’m not always compassionate. I’m not always kind. I’m not always humble, meek or patient. But Paul insists that I put them on! You should be able to tell a child of God by what they wear!

 By the way, there will be one great “dress up” fashion show in the end. Paul writes to the Corinthians regarding death and the afterlife. He says, “The dead shall arise … for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. O death, where is thy sting.”


“…seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices…put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:9-10