Colossians 3:17 - 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.
Name of the Lord
Sometimes working on the radio in the morning, I plan out what I’ll say and all the particulars. At other times, in more conversational breaks, there’s a possibility that I might say something I shouldn’t. I’m not talking about something obscene or out of sorts, but something that just doesn’t sense, or something really grammatically incorrect.
I hope for big portions of grace in those times. But I also want to be careful concerning not only what I say, but what I do. I think in the bigger picture plan, I pray for the Lord’s direction and help in transforming my mind and thought process so that the off the cuff remarks will reflect the transparency of my faith.
It’s the planned words and actions that we need to be more mindful of.
The instruction of Paul to the Colossians in this verse includes the subjunctive case. We can also say it this way, “In all that you do and say, may it be done in the name of the Lord.”
The plans of our mouths and actions should be done in such a way, that we can truthfully and faithfully put the stamp of the name of the Lord on it. If we can’t say it or do it, without the stamp of knowing that Christ’s name and identity is all over it, we need to do some changing.
Lord, help our impulses and reactions be guided by the Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord. May our plans of word and deed be done in the name of the Lord.
May Christ be seen in heard in what we do and say.