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).
Not everyone is called to full-time ministry, but all believers are called to be full time Christians. We can and should serve Jesus in the classroom, in the office, or wherever we may happen to be. This does not mean we are to hand out church pamphlets while sipping on a latte at Starbucks, but our words, our deeds, our actions, and our countenance should always reflect the love of Jesus. He is our hope. He is our purpose. He gives meaning to our lives. Our identity is found in Him. We were made for Him. We belong to Him.
This sounds good in theory, I suppose, but it occurred to me that Paul is giving us a pretty tall order. How can I bring honor to the name of Jesus Christ, if, perhaps, I am fussing at a cashier for giving me the wrong amount of change? How can I demonstrate God’s goodness if I am relentlessly dressing down an employee who exceeded her hour long lunch break? How can I reflect the love of Jesus our Savior if I speak impatiently to a child?
Paul’s admonition boils down to this: If we cannot say or do something for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ, we should not say it or do it. Period!
My friend, in honesty, there are things that I say and do that do not particularly honor Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, I must do better. What about you?
And when, by word or by deed, we are bringing honor to Jesus, we should do so with thanksgiving. After all, serving Jesus Christ is indeed an honor and privilege.