Last year I experienced one of my more funnier awkward moments as a pastor.
I group texted a married couple in our church a question about an upcoming event. They both responded with the needed information and I was grateful. However, a few minutes later, they began a discussion with one another by text message thinking they were just texting each other, not knowing they were using the group text I was still on. This wouldn’t have been a big deal except for the words they were using to describe one another.
Let’s just say that I can’t use those words here.
I was laughing my head off in my car as the texts flew back and forth between them.
Finally, I chimed in with, “Guys, I’m still here….” (A minute of silence went by.) Finally, came the response, “Whoops. :)”
Unfortunately, we all have said and done things not realizing they had larger implications.We can sometimes believe that we can compartmentalize our words and actions from the Lord; thinking they have nothing to do with our walk with Him: where we go, what we do, how we talk, what we watch, how we work, how we treat those in authority, how we spend our money…etc.
Yet, the Apostle Paul tells us that that’s not the case:
“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 3:17 ESV
“Do everything in the name of the Lord.” From our work to our play, from how we treat our friends to how we treat our frustrating boss, from how we serve our church family to how we serve those we can’t stand. We’re called to do it all in Christ’s name and be thankful for the opportunity.
Having a “This is all for Him and I’m grateful” attitude will destroy lazy effort and complaining in your life.
Take some time to pray about people or areas in your life that you find to be a pain or that you don’t much enjoy. Maybe there’s an area in your life where you readily recognize that you’re not giving your best because you’ve not been viewing it as being done for Jesus. Ask The Lord to give you a new God honoring perspective and a new approach to that task or person. I’m praying with you.
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