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)
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17 NLT)
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3:17 MSG)
Doing in His Name, Giving Thanks
I have always looked at the “doing in His name” as the emphasis of the verse–and it is–but today, I have seen something new. Giving thanks.
Giving thanks takes me back to remembering my Source. If I am to do anything pleasing to God, I need Him to supply the grace, the strength, and the resource. So often, I get the verse focused on me doing and, oh yeah, it is to be in His name. I think this will help me to have a good attitude–especially when the doing is not so pleasant. But, without the giving thanks (and recognizing there is a reason to give thanks) it is a focus back on me. Sure, it's in His name, but it is me doing. (Hey everyone, it's me. Somewhere in there I am tempted to put it on my tally chart hoping God will recognize what a good girl I've been.)
When I shift the focus on Him and thanking Him, it changes the whole game. I can do because He provided. I can work, but He provided the breath I breathe. He provided the health and strength. He allowed me to get the education and have the brain capacity to understand how to do it. When I think of that, I am brought to my knees. I forget how much He gives to provide for all the things I do. God has given.
I could have woken up this morning and not been able to get of my bed, but I did–I was healthy. My car wasn't broken, so I could drive to church. The children were healthy too. This all blew past me while I moved throughout my day oblivious of the way it could have been.
Even in hardship, He provides grace–although it gets hidden under the pain. “Doing in His name” may be more of a struggle, but as long as there is life, He is sustaining. Even if life itself is all that can be claimed, give thanks.
In whatever I do, I should do it in His name because He is the source. And when I give thanks–after taking note for all there is to be thankful–the “in His name” makes sense.
May I push the me-doing part into perspective and start with some giving thanks.