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)
As I read this verse this morning, I started to think about what my world would look like if I did everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. In all honesty, I have to say that I do not do this as well as I could. I say as well as I could because if I am not doing so, the fault lies in my choosing not to reflect Christ. Others may disagree with me but I firmly believe that God is not going to strong-arm me into behaving a certain way. Some of us have tried to do that with our own children only to find that in the end it really does not work. Oh, they may go through the actions for a season but eventually you will discover they only acted out of fear rather than love and you will find yourself standing alone.
So, this suggests to me that I must make a conscious effort to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. It's like anything else. The more I do it, the better I will become at doing it. The more I practice it, the more natural it will become.
When I was in 9th grade, I learned to type. This was still the days of manual typewriters. I had injured my right hand as a kid and had limited feeling in two of my fingers. This made me somewhat clumsy. I remember my typing teacher shaking her head. I was a careful typist who had memorized all of the keys. My accuracy was exceptional but speed was another thing. I didn't give up!
I set my eyes on my goal and began to practice at home. I would spend hours at home with timing exercises. I set an old battered alarm clock and pound on an ancient typewriter which was even tougher for me than the ones at school. I worked very hard.
In the end, I had increased my speed to 50 wpm and I rarely had a single error. Okay, so I wasn't the fastest typist on the block. However, in the typing world 50 wpm was okay. It met the minimum requirements for most jobs. In the days before computers, I earned extra money in college typing papers and notes for less proficient students. Come to think of it, although my husband and I had mutual friends, this was how I really got to know him. I typed all of his notes and papers and I ended up doing it for free! Oh well, I've made him pay for it since then. This simple skill would come in handy a few years later when my husband was in school and jobs were hard to find. I was working temp jobs and this enabled me to secure assignments that were above the minimum wage.
If I am to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, I must set my eyes on that goal. I must practice doing it daily. I must not give up even when I fail. I need to do it over and over again. Eventually, I will get it right.
I don't think about which keys I'm pushing when I type. I don't consciously think about the letters. Composing at the typewriter is very easy. It has become second nature. When I develop the habit of doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, it will become second nature. It will not be forced rather it will become the natural thing to do.
Doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. What a difference that would make in my life as well as in the lives of those in my world. What a difference it would make if we would all learn to do this and do it well!
May we all do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, today and every day!