17 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.
In Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul is admonishing the church in Colossae to holiness of life in a world that rejected holiness. He reminds them that because they have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ they are to have a completely new orientation to life. They are to set their minds on things above. Far too often we read those words and are driven by some sense of guilt that we do not measure up. Whatever it is that we are supposed to do, we aren’t doing enough of it to satisfy either God or ourselves.
It is for that reason that I am grateful for Paul’s admonition in verse 17, 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. Living life as a follower of Jesus Christ is not an additional activity or burden; whatever we do, we are to live out our faith in Jesus Christ.
During the time of the Great Reformation, a story is told of an encounter Martin Luther had with a cobbler. The cobbler asked Luther what it was that he must do to please God now that he was a follower of Christ. Luther responded, “Make the best shoes you possibly can.” “Whatever you do…do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
I have a dear friend who is passionate about sharing his faith—so passionate that he sometimes castigates himself because he “doesn’t do it enough.” But in his work with teams he always has opportunities to model the love of Jesus Christ; he blesses his team with his deep caring for them. And often he is given opportunity to share the “reason for the hope that lies within him” (1 Peter 3:15).
As you live in your communities, as you occupy your place of responsibility at work, as you engage people who serve you in restaurants, stores, etc. remember that whatever you do, you do it for the greater glory of God. Your life will count not only for time, but also for eternity when everything you do is done for the glory of God.
With deep affection,