I remember when I was a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis in 2007. We had a new Command Sergeant Major take over 555th Combat Engineer Brigade, and he was outwardly very intimidating. His voice was deep and thunderous, his hands were like bear mitts, and he was very tall and athletic. (For those of you unfamiliar with the military chain of command, the Command Sergeant Major is as high up as you can go in the enlisted side of the house.) However, everyone in the Brigade knew he was a follower of Christ, and he was truly one of the most gentle men you could ever meet. It is only now that I truly appreciate the power that was behind the gentleness of this man.
Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (NIV). It is interesting how humility is right in the middle and immediately followed by gentleness in God’s apparatus of mercy-mantling. These powerful characteristics—with a focus on gentleness—are important to develop!
There are a lot of people still floating around after the COVID epidemic. Some of them are searching for churches—and I’m sure that we all know a few. This week, you and I could be instrumental in tugging them back to the Lord by appealing to them with the humility and gentleness of Christ. Like the Command Sergeant Major from my time in the military, everyone in the Brigade knew he was different, and his gentleness was supernatural. With God’s help, will you allow yourself to become that person? Please join me in asking God to clothe us in His gentleness this week and then demonstrate your gentle heart by inviting someone to church. This simple gesture might change someone’s world.