Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to Him through God the Father.

Colossians 3: 17

 

This very thought can change the way that we live our lives. For me, I know that it can be a true game changer; for, I have to admit that there are a lot of things that I do and many of the thoughts that I have that are done in the name of getting it done or for the sake of getting what I want. In fact, when I consider my day-to-day life, there is relatively little that actually looks like it is done for the glory of God, and there is a lot that is just done.

 

The change that adopting this attitude requires is simple yet profound. It is simple in that as children of the living God we have the Spirit of Christ living within us; so, we already have Christ’s understanding and guidance to rely upon, and we have the Spirit to reveal God’s will and His heart and mind to us. Thus, God’s way of viewing our day is something that we can access directly, personally, and continually. There is literally nothing that we will be required to think about or to do that the Lord is not a party to and a part of. However, the rub in making this a personal reality is found in my own will, for I still need to seek God’s heart and mind and be willing to make it my priority in everything. Frankly, I am not there yet.

 

The good news is that God knows exactly where I am. He continues to demonstrate loving patience, grace, and a commitment to working in and with me in order to bring about the change that is required for me to grow to this desired outcome of functioning fully as a child of God. In the meantime, I can recognize my desire to turn over more of my own heart and mind to the Lord, I can identify and specifically surrender relationships and situations to Christ, and I can plan to seek out His will and attitude in every potentially difficult moment of my day. This desire to make Christ the center of my day, which then places me in the background, is fulfilled through prayer and in expressions of thanks to the Lord wherein I recognize the presence and the importance of Christ in every detail of my life.

 

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