And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 ESV)
This passage of Scripture reminds us that all of life as a Christian is to be lived under the authority of Jesus Christ. That means that our time, energy and resources should be used as directed by the priorities communicated in the Scriptures. Doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus not only means by his authority, but also by his power. Whatever monotonous tasks, whatever difficulties we face, whatever obstacles life throws our way can be responded to with confidence that we are given strength to accomplish that which Jesus has called us to do. What an amazing thought! Doing everything in the name of our Lord Jesus not only means that we are to submit to his authority and being empowered to do his will, it also means that we represent him before a lost and dying world. Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Although nobody can find when or where he said this, or if he did at all, this phrase has been used to pummel Christians from within and without the Christian community since as far back as the mid 1920’s. Why? Could it be that we are not letting our light shine? I pray that people see Christ when they see each one of us. May his love and concern for the eternal destiny of souls be our ambition.
All of life is a gift. Every breath we breathe is a gift from God. Our salvation and knowledge of the Son is a blessing that God has allowed us to experience. For that reason, living life in the name of the Lord Jesus should be characterized by gratefulness. We should live in a grateful kind of way. We should be grateful to the Father through Jesus. Jesus is not only the source of authority, empowerment, and example. He is also the means by which we have a relationship to our heavenly Father. May we see all of life as an opportunity to worship our God. May we see our opportunity to worship God as a privilege we have because of his mercy and grace.