Week 2: Day 5 Whatever

September 21, 2016

  • Day Five: Whatever

     

    Passage:

    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. (Colossians 3:17, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    Which is more spiritual: singing songs in church, or singing loudly along to the radio in your car? Hanging out with friends at youth group, or hanging out with friends in the backyard?

     

    Sometimes it seems like there are more “spiritual” talents and gifts than others. The person who leads worship on a Sunday, or teaches a Bible lesson, or gives up their summer to be a camp counselor, or heads off on the mission trip—they’re the really strong spiritual folks, right?

     

    Maybe. They probably are trying to follow Jesus. But this sort of thinking, splitting up “normal” life with “spiritual” life, can lead us into trouble. When the idea of being “spiritual” or “Godly” is only when we’re doing church-y, Christian-y stuff, it misses out on a whole lot of how we spend our time and energy, the various places we live and work and play, the relationships that all matter to God.

     

    Here’s the thing: God is everywhere! Jesus is active and present in our world. So whether you’re playing soccer, practicing a musical instrument, cooking dinner, watching a movie, listening to your iPod, reading a novel, deciding which jeans to wear, brushing your teeth, giving a high-five, vacuuming your living room, listening to a hurting friend, handing out food to the homeless, dancing in your bedroom, or eating too much ice cream, we can do all these things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving him thanks for being so good.

     

    The apostle Paul encourages us that in whatever we do, we should do it in the name of Jesus. Whatever. Whenever. However. Whoever. It all comes back to Jesus.

     

    Practice:

    At the end of your day, when you’re getting ready for bed, think back on everything you did and said. When were you most like Christ? Thank him for being present! When were you least like Christ? Thank him for his grace in your weakness!

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, remind me of your presence and love wherever I go and whatever I do.

     

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