In our last installment of our three-week study of Colossians 3:15-17, we are reminded to do all
things in the name of the Lord Jesus.
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. Colossians 3:17
We are to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus… whatever we do. We are to give thanks
to God the Father through Jesus. Let’s make this practical so that we can teach our children by
our actions in our homes.
When we collect the dishes from all over the house, we do it in the name of the Lord Jesus and
give thanks that He provides for us to live and celebrate life together.
When we collect dirty clothes from our children’s rooms, drag them to the laundry room, and
spend the day washing, drying, folding and putting away those clothes, we thank God that He
gives us everything we need to cover and protect our families. We also thank God for the
health and strength we have in order to do laundry and the honor of teaching our children how
to care for their future families in this way.
When we spend time going through our pantries to see what we need to buy to create healthy
and delicious meals for our families three times a day, each and every day, we thank God that
He provides the fuel our family needs to do the work He has created us to do.
When we are on our knees scrubbing the bathtubs and toilets and bleaching the grout, we
thank God for the roof He has placed over our heads, the protection it gives our family and the
security it gives our children to feel safe.
When we drive, we do it in Jesus’ name. When we choose and purchase groceries, we do it in
Jesus’ name. When we pay bills, we do it in Jesus’ name. Everything we do is in Jesus’ name,
because He has chosen to give us His name like a husband gives his new bride his name. We
are Christ’s. Christian means “little Christ.” Everything we do represents Him and His name
whether people know what we believe or not. Our children know what we believe and what
we do and how we do things teaches them to be like Jesus. We need to represent Him
correctly and with gratitude.
There are so many tedious things we do for our children that they don’t even know we do while
they are at school or busy playing, the work God has given them for this life stage. My children
have often prayed, “And please help mama with whatever it is she has to do tomorrow.” Then
they will ask me, “Mama, what DO you do during the day?”
In order to honor God and teach your children how would you answer that question today?