In Everything

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 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: 12-17 (NRSV)

Whether at home or at work, most of us have a to-do list of tasks that must be done. Though necessary, they are often tedious ans certainly not fun. How we accomplish them is just as important as completing them. Do we have a positive attitude? Are we thankful for the health and ability to do these things? Or are we negative, performing these tasks with minimal effort?

In today's verses, Paul encourages us to do everything in the name of the Lord. In another letter, he states that we are to be workers that don't need to be ashamed. (See 2 Tim. 2:15) First Corinthians 13 is also quite specific about the love we should show in everything we do.

Yard work and housework are two chores that Doug Brady, from Alabama, finds tedious; but when he views them in the light of Paul's words, Doug can be grateful for the blessing of owning and maintaining a home. When other people see him working joyfully, they may ask why, and Doug can take that opportunity to share the gospel message. We can all do likewise.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for our ability to serve. Even when we're doing things we don't want to do, help us to reflect your joy to others, in Jesus' name, amen.

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