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A Heart of Gratitude Part 4

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Reflecting on the day, how hard was it to do everything in Jesus name today? I admit I hit a few rough spots where I totally blew it.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

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.

How?

Does He want His name on the situations where I blew it? As a Christian, can I remove His name from anything I do? If I blow it and do something that Jesus wants no part of, can I just say this: “Oh well, I forgot I carry Your name. Sorry, sorry.”

That is not how it works, is it? What I do as a Christian shines on Him – like a powerful spotlight. Good, bad or indifferent. Because we bear His name, the world sees us as one unit doing things.

How do I make sure that everything I do  – whether I am saying it or doing it – is in the name of Jesus our Lord? Is it possible for me to consistently glorify Him and also be grateful to Him in all things?

“I Made it to Noon Today!”

Years ago, my husband shared something he had read back when he was in Bible college that could and should open our eyes to the possibilities of this kind of amazing life. He read something about a man who was desperately trying to go all day and never allow his awareness of God’s presence with him to slip from his mind. Each day he journaled about his progress. He recordings were like this: 45 minutes straight with an awareness of God’s presence… then to noon, and then further along.

We need to always be striving to live our lives knowing that we literally walk each step of every single day, with Christ. If you are a Christ follower, He never leaves you. The thing is we tend to get busy and forget about this minute by minute constant Holy Companion.

How do consciously live in His presence? How do we not forget about Him halfway through the day? If we make it that far??

A God-Centered Life

Even in Christian circles, being God-centered in our society is pretty much unheard of. We may say we are God-centered but our actions, decisions, and priorities are the true gauge of a God-centered person. If we live our lives with a self-preserving, “what’s in it for me?” mentality, we are not God-centered.

It takes an extreme passion for God, for His Word, and for His will to be God-centered. I have seen only one or two people in my lifetime who were seemingly predominantly God-centered. Today, I see myself far, far from it. I do want to this kind of life, but I have not been making the consistent effort to keep Him forefront in my mind.

A Concept?

We tend to live our lives as if God is a concept – and ethereal presence – giving warm fuzzies that either convict or approve. Ironically, we tend to live our lives as if when we go to confess our sin to God, He was somewhere else when we committed the sin. It is as if we are telling Him something He does not already know. But, He is with us.

If we open our hearts and begin to live our lives with the real perception of God with us, we will find it much easier to live verse 17.

  • He is with us for every breath – every single breath.
  • He is with us for every beat of our hearts.
  • He is with us when we refuse to forgive that person who oversteps kindness and cuts us with their words. God sees their sin and He sees ours.
  • He is with us when we struggle with loneliness and He says, “I am here. You are not alone. I am with you.”
  • He is with us when we know we need Him and He is with us when we think we don’t.
  • He is with us when we choose lesser things over spending time with Him in His Word and prayer.

Certainly and constantly, God is with us.

Let’s got to the Verse:

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed…”

I think that covers it, don’t you? This is talking about every single thing we do.

“…do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”

Anything we do truly in the name of Jesus, will not bring shame to His good and holy name. Ask yourself this question: What have I done today that the Lord Jesus is pleased to have His name attached to? What have I done today that He wants no part of?

He is loving and merciful and He does not expect perfection from us. He knows we cannot be perfect yet. However, He does know us better than we know ourselves and He knows the motive behind every action. (Ouch! I am definitely writing this for me today! In case you were wondering.)

The things truly done in His name will bring Him glory and that is why we are here isn’t it, my dear friends. May He be glorified in us today and tomorrow!

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

Moreover, everything we can do in the name of Jesus and for His glory, He gives us the strength to do. We must keep in mind, we will never glorify Him on our own. So, when He is pleased with us it is because He worked through us. We cannot do anything for His glory on our own. Indeed, we really do have so much to be thankful for! Even when we do something right. 🙂

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, thank You for loving us and drawing us to You. Thank You that Your Word is so permeating  – may it permeate every fiber of us and help us to surrender completely to You and Your perfect will. Help us to be what You want us to be. Help us to glorify You in all we do and please give us the strength to walk closely with you day by day. In Jesus lovely name, I pray. Amen.

Go Deeper Today:

Philippians 3:12-14

 

 

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