Colossians 3:17 NKJV — And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
There’s two important truths in this verse.
The first is: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,” Col. 3:17a
As followers of Christ our entire lives are to be a reflection of our choice.
Which can seem difficult on the day-to-day scheme.
Yet, we are called to live unto Christ, no matter the task at hand.
Which is an encouraging thought.
No longer does the mundane task mean nothing.
If my attitude is to accomplish those things with a heart of serving Christ, mundane can become mighty, an opportunity to serve Christ no matter the task.
It’s always about the heart and what is residing there: servanthood or selfishness.
The second truth is another opportunity: “giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:17b
When our lives are a reflection of Christ, we have the privilege to praise at the same time.
Praising and thanking God for His marvelous works of salvation, restoration, and provision are a natural reaction.
Or it should be.
If one finds their heart is following through with the daily tasks, but the gratitude is lost, it’s a warning.
Can the “doing all” be missing? Could the motivation of the tasks been lost to living for something else other than Christ?
The human heart constantly requires self discipline to remain in line with the commandments of scripture.
It’s good to do a heart check.
Therefore we need both truths in this verse.
And as we step out into each day, may we keep these truths close to our hearts.
It will take effort and perseverance to train our lives into living each part unto Christ, but that’s why this is a journey.
Walking with Jesus is a growing stretching building beautiful journey.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for this verse. Thank You for the truths You have given us so we can live aware of our actions and attitudes. Lord Jesus, You know that we often find it difficult to follow Your Word. Our hearts don’t easily surrender to Your will. Please, walk with us today, hone our hearts and minds and hold our hand, that we might follow You in all things. Please keep us from evil. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. For Thine is the kingdom and the glory forever. Amen.
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