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A Quick Guide on How to Do Everything

Today’s reading: Colossians 3:1-1 Thessalonians 3:13

My selection:  Colossians 3:17

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.

My reflections: All of life is to be lived in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  This implies that all of life is service to the Lord.  Nothing we do that is good and true falls outside of our Christian life.  This obviously includes our worship, but no less it includes our health, our eating, our work, our play, our relationships, our finances, everything.  All of life is lived before Him.  All of life is important.  Many tasks are routine and commonplace, but nothing is meaningless or useless.  “Give thanks in all circumstances,” Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:18) .

My challenge: I once heard Joni Eareckson Tada, who is a quadriplegic, express longing to be able to plant vegetables or wash her own hair.  It is easy for me to complain about tasks that she might find exhilarating if she could do them even once.

How about you? Do you consciously live before the Lord, giving thanks to God for the every day, repetitive activities of your life?  Live life fully as an act of perpetual worship and thanksgiving to God.  That is your privilege if you are a Christian.

Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 Thessalonians 3:15

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