Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Colossians 3:17

Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:1717 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Observations: Ive heard people say that Christians *spiritualize everything*, but this scriptures seems to teach us that that is exactly what we are supposed to do. Whatever you do, your words, your actions do *ALL* in the name of Jesus. This is a good test for whether or not we should be doing something since its hard to sin in Jesus name. This includes conduct, where we go and every word we speak. If we cant do it in the name of the Lord Jesus then dont do it at all. Love how Paul refers to Jesus as Lord Jesus, perhaps significant in determining that all we do and say should come under the Lordship of Jesus?

Yet another reminder to give thanks to God. There are several in this book..

  1. Colossians 2:7
    abounding therein with thanksgiving
  2. Colossians 3:15
    and be ye thankful.
  3. Colossians 3:17
    giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
  4. Colossians 4:2
    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Application: Words, deeds, all of it needs to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. When we get up and start our day this should be on our minds. Today, school will be done in Your Name. Dinner, prepared in Your Name. The way I interact with my children all done in Your Name. How I answer the phone and speak to strangers...Your Name. The suffering we endure done in Your Name. The trials and tests all received with gratitude in Your Name. Speech seasoned with grace. Your Name, all of it. Giving thanks...speaking, doing and thanking you continually Lord.

Pray: I guess this little verse should also apply to every prayer we pray. God bury deeply this lesson that all I do be done in Your Name, giving thanks. The hard things, suffering should be done in Your Name with gratitude because if you ordained it then it is indeed good.

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