Hey Blog family,
I derive the majority of my strength and guidelines for life from God’s Word. However, understanding the Bible isn’t always a walk in the park. Sometimes even seemingly run-of-the-mill verses contain hidden pearls we may not notice at first glance. The verse in Colossians summarizes the call on our lives to be Christ-like humans. Let’s break it down.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17 NIV).
“whether in word or deed”
What we say matters as much as what we do for Paul gives equal weight to both. How often do we speak cavalierly, tell crass jokes around the water cooler at work, participate in gossip about other friends, curse, or offer commitments we fail to keep without batting an eye? We need to be cognizant of the words we choose to say and how they can affect others.
Our actions and our reliability ripple out in the waters of life toward all those closest to us. Have we seen someone treated poorly, be neglected, or get rejected? We hold the responsibility to use our actions to further our God-given purpose in our hands. Before speaking, think, “Is what I’m about to say kind, necessary, and true?”
“all in the name of the Lord Jesus”
Does this mean we can’t laugh or that we need to preach all of the time? No, “in the name of Jesus” signifies agreement with Christ and his precepts. It means using our actions to glorify God and not simply to serve ourselves. We act in ways that honor Jesus’ teachings and commands. Before reacting, take a moment to reflect in prayer on how Jesus would want you to handle this situation.
“giving thanks to God the Father”
We can be too prideful or too busy to put accolades where they rightly belong: with God, and instead, we boast about ourselves. Slowing down and taking time to thank God for opportunities, people, and abilities creates space for gratitude to blossom. Cultivating an attitude of thanks by writing a gratitude list helps during struggles by removing our eyes from ourselves and reminding us of God’s power and grace.
Understanding the Bible can set the stage for a great week. Remember: who we are matters a great deal to the world. God has a purpose for each of us that only we can fill.
I’m thankful today for the place you have in my life. Happy Monday.