I chose a kimono to illustrate what we are to put on as loved ones of God, because of the simple, timeless shape, and the word itself means “thing to wear.” In Japan, kimonos are a symbol of Japanese culture, it reflects who they are. In Colossians 3:12-18, as God’s chosen and beloved people, we are to clothe ourselves with what reflects God and his culture: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, forgiving each other, and above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Honestly, I cannot do that on my own and fall short, but the idea of putting on a beautiful garment that reflects those things helps me. It reminds me how we often reflect what we are wearing and choose what is appropriate for certain occasions. It also reminds me that I can be kind and compassionate and forgiving, because I am God’s beloved child. He is the one who gives me those things to put on and putting those beautiful traits reflects and molds me into who I really am in Christ.
Kimonos never go out of style, and the imagery, patterns and color on the garments are full of meaning. They are worn at important festivals or formal events. Originally, they were “worn by commoners, or as undergarments by the aristocracy. During the 16th century, the kimono became the principal garment for all classes and both sexes.” “Etiquette plays an important role in choosing a kimono. The wearer must take several aspects into consideration, including age, marital status, season and taste.” (http://blog.peruvianconnection.com/fashion-trends/the-art-history-of-the-kimono/)
And it is not just about what I wear or show on the outside. It is what is on the inside that counts, that will be demonstrated in action. Colossians 3:23 reminds me that whatever I do or say, do it with a whole heart, as if I am doing it for God himself, who I love, and who loves me unconditionally.
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