THE NAME OF JESUS

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

“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)

Honoring Jesus in everything we do is our greatest motivation for living a Christian life. When we consider what Jesus has done for us, we are driven by gratitude and love to honor Him in word and in deed. We carry His name. We represent Him wherever we go and in whatever we do.

Doing everything in the name of Jesus means that we acknowledge our need for His power and grace. Whether the most mundane task or one that is overwhelming, we draw our strength from Christ — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

But let me be honest. There is so much I do and say without a thought about Jesus. I act in my own strength and according to my selfish desires. I speak carelessly and too quickly at times. I fail to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). It is difficult for me to do everything in the name of Jesus. and I must confess that I fail miserably in giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

I’ve come to realize that the key to honoring Christ in whatever we do is found in the opening verses of this chapter — “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (3:1-3).

We must develop an eternal perspective about life. When we do we will seek the things that are above and not the things that are on earth. It must be something we learn to practice daily. When we do this, we can then do “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Lord Jesus, let me be conscious of Your presence and power in my life today. Let me be thoughtful in everything that I say and do. Let me take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Enable me to do everything this day in Your powerful and majestic name, Jesus.

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