Posted on January 30, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, Giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
So what does your day, week, month or even year look like? If you were to answer the question, “In what name does your routine get done in? In the name of provision? Maybe in the name of sanity? Think about your “routine” day. Routine is something that most responsible people need to be in, in order to function.
The problem with routine is that it can numb us and become habitual, a mode of being productive but disconnected. The best way to know if your routine is habitual is the next time you allow routine to keep you from being compassionate or loving you may be in a bad pattern. Obviously, there are areas in our life that are unavoidable, but if Wednesday is your Bible study night and there’s an opportunity to help an unsaved neighbor paint his house then the question becomes, do I break my routine?
What does it mean “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”? I think if we become too set in our “Routine” it is easy to miss an opportunity to minister. Look at the previous verses in Colossians 3,” And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful”. The pursuit of the peace of God is what should rule our words and deeds. The chapter seems to speak of a type of clothing the Christian should wear, “put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering”. This garment is to be used to direct the words and deeds that pertain to the life we live in Christ. What we are wearing determines our actions. “Put on your routine over all else, forget about wasting time loving others”. This sounds ridiculous but if we’re honest it happens.
There’s a connection to doing the will of God in our words and deeds that bring about a gratitude causing us to “Give thanks to God the Father Through Him”. When we follow the Character of the “New Man” it becomes easy to “bear with one another, and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do”.
Routines can be good, in fact, I would say they are imperative in order to function. But we are to have a routine, the routine should not have us. A wise man once told me, always write your plans in pencil, because God may hand you an eraser. So, be a person of routine, routinely follow, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at email@example.com
Think About This: “The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment.” ―
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8
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