Have you ever noticed how we sometimes separate our faith life from our “regular” life. This morning in my devotional time I was reading in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In chapter 3 Paul writes “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.” Those first three words caught my attention this morning. “Whatever you do.”
I feel like we sometimes think of our faith as something we practice at certain times. Sunday morning we attend worship. Then perhaps at another time during the week we participate in a life group or serve in some area of ministry. But being a Christian is not something we do, it is who we are. We are Christ followers. As Christ followers, whatever we do, our faith is a part of it.
I want to encourage us to have a “whatever we do” attitude. If we are married, we see that relationship through the lens of our faith. At work, Paul says later in the chapter “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” In our conversations, let our words reflect the love of Christ within us.
Sometimes we live our lives in a way that seems to be compartmentalized. But Paul is reminding us that our faith is meant to be integrated into every aspect of our lives. Every behavior we exhibit, every decision we make, every word we speak is shaped by who we are. We are Christ followers. That is not to imply that we will always get it right. It won’t always be perfect. But we strive to live in such a way that our faith in Christ is reflected in all we do.
And so today, and in the days to come, I want to encourage us to see our faith, not as one aspect of our lives, but the very foundation upon which it is build. Let our faith be that which shapes all other areas of life. Whatever we do, let us do it all in the name of Christ, giving thanks to God.
I hope you can all be with us this Sunday as we finish up our “Supernatural” series. You won’t want to miss this final message. We’ve saved the best for last!
Have a blessed week.
BTW, don’t forget the youth group car wash today at our Sandown location from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It is a fund raiser for Soulfest!
Also, Men’s BBQ rain or shine this Friday at 5:30 pm and the Women’s BBQ is on Saturday beginning at 5:00 pm.