Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:16-23
When we’re right with God, every day is a holy day and every act is a sacred deed, because everything we do can be done for the glory of God.
Colossians 3 shows us what Monday morning religion looks like, and how to make our faith evident every day of the week.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 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 3:16-17).
We must first ask ourselves: Is what I’m doing consistent with the personality of Jesus Christ? The name and character of Jesus are inextricably interwoven. Our lives must reflect the character of Jesus if we want to carry His name. We must strive to live lives Jesus could “put His name on.”
Second, we should ask ourselves: Does my life claim the power of Jesus Christ? The name of Jesus stands for power and authority. As Jesus says in John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
When we bring His name into our circumstances, He begins to work in them. In His name, we do all things with His authority.
As Colossians 3 continues, wives are called to submit to their husbands in the name of Jesus Christ; and husbands are to love their wives in the name of Jesus. Children are to obey in the name of Jesus, and parents are to raise their children in the name of Jesus. Also, employers are to serve in the name of Jesus.
Finally, we need to ask ourselves: Does my life culminate in the praise of Jesus Christ? What we do in His name must be for His honor and not our own. Jesus can be glorified in anything we do. Even the most mundane tasks can provide opportunities to worship Him, if only we’ll praise Him as we do them.
When we do everything for the glory of God, Adrian Rogers says, “The secular is sanctified, every day is edified, and God is glorified.”
Does your Monday morning religion reflect your Sunday worship? Ask yourself these questions and begin to praise God with everything you do today.