Take 5 (October 10-14, 2016)

Matt Garrison • Pastor of Family Ministries

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Colossians 3:17

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.

MONDAY: “And whatever you do in word or deed…”

Paul has been encouraging these earlier believers in the city of Colossae (and to us) to live authentic life in Christ, to let His Word dwell within us richly. Paul says something very interesting in verse 17. He says, “And whatever you do in word and deed…” This is fascinating. Have you ever stopped to think that God cares about everything you are going to do and say? Does this scare you? Humble you? Comfort you? He knows everything about us and still loves us unconditionally. How amazing is that!

Let’s be aware that all of our words and actions matter to God!

TUESDAY: “…do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…”             

Have you ever done a task, job, or errand, etc. and didn’t really think anything about it? Maybe you were on “autopilot,” just going through the motions of the day or routine. Paul commands us here at this point in the passage that we are to do everything in the name of the Lord or as a representative of the Lord. What does this mean? It means that anything and everything we do, we are representing Jesus to the world around us. This begs the tough question. Do we represent Jesus clearly to those around us in our everyday world? May we begin to understand just how important it is for those who follow Jesus to live as a representative of Jesus to a world who desperately needs Him.

Let’s begin to represent Jesus to the world around us in everything we do!

WEDNESDAY: “…do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…”

The name of the Lord Jesus is most sacred and precious. Acts 4:12 says that there is “no other name under heaven” by which we are saved! His name means so much to so many. Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Who are we that He is mindful of us as David says in Psalm 8? The name of Jesus is the name that is above all names! Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is indeed Lord! This Jesus chose to leave heaven to come to earth and bring healing to our broken world by dying on a cross for us! We can’t earn His love, forgiveness or grace. He freely gives it to all who come to Him by faith.

Know that Jesus loves and cares deeply about you.

THURSDAY: “…giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Can you believe that in a few short weeks it will be Thanksgiving? The year is flying by! This will be the time of year when we pause to count our blessings and thank our heavenly Father for all He has done for us and given to us. Being thankful comes easily during that time of year, right? What about the rest of the year? What about right now during this week in October? Are we thankful? Is being thankful something we do or something we are? Is it an attitude, a lifestyle, or just an action? Have you noticed in this passage, within these six verses, Paul mentions being thankful three times! I think he wants us to get it. Giving thanks isn’t just something we say. It is a lifestyle. When we think of all that Jesus has done for us, blessed us with, is it too much to ask of us to live a life of thankfulness?

Ask yourself, “Do I live a life of thankfulness?”

FRIDAY: “…giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

When we read the Bible we see that God wants us to see Him as a father. He loves all of us like a father loves his children. Some of us may have painful experiences or know someone who has had a painful experience with their earthly father. It may bring up many negative thoughts to view God this way. May we know that God is not a reflection of our earthly fathers; He is the perfection of them! Everything that our earthly fathers have not been to us He will be! May we always be giving Him thanks for all He does in and through us. May we live lives of thankfulness and may it continue all the days of our lives.

Pause and ask yourself, “Am I putting into practice all that this verse commands?”

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