“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 —
If you were to write down all the things you do from day to day, what would that list look like? Take a moment and jot down all the things you’ve done today. Take your time. I’ll wait…
As a pastor, my list includes things like: writing Lamplighter articles and sitting with those who are dying. As a youth, maybe your list includes going to school and doing chores. As an adult, your list probably includes things like working and running errands. No matter how different our lists might be, they should all have one thing in common: each thing should be done with an attitude of gratitude and should be done to give glory to God. Easier said than done, right?
It’s really easy to have a sour attitude when you have to do something. Have you ever given thanks and praise to God while doing homework or paying taxes? I know that’s not the first thing that crosses my mind when I do those not-so-fun things. But in all that we do, we do it with thanksgiving and we do it in the name of the Lord.
What does that mean, doing everything in the name of the Lord? To me, it means doing it the best way I possibly can and recognizing the infinite blessings that God has given me, even if it’s the blessing of scooping kitty litter. I’m able to do these things joyfully because I am assured of my future: I have been forgiven, redeemed, and saved through that unbelievable gift of God’s grace.
Looking at the world through the lens of grace changes the way we see the world, as well as all those things we get to do. We’re no longer doing them as condemned, sinful people. We’re doing them as a people saved. So go back through your list and take a moment to give thanks and praise to God for all you’ve accomplished so far today, because brushing your teeth is a blessing… for you and for others.