In His Name
“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.” Col. 3:17
It has been twenty years since I started composing there mediations, and I have rarely failed to say a short prayer before I begin writing each piece, asking the Lord for provision of spiritual insights. It’s my greatest desire in composing that every word I ever utter comes directly from the Lord, and it’s unto his glory that I take down every thought.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” This is what I am trying to do even at this very moment, and my act of writing will cease immediately if I cease to abide by this rule. I simply don’t consider my personal thoughts concerning anything are worth sharing, if they are not informed by the Holy Scriptures.
It’s in the name of the Lord that I am speaking to you through my meditations, and it’s also the Lord who determines whether this will have any sort of impact on you or not. In truth, just the mere fact that you bother to read is by divine influence.
Perhaps these words are written on water and most of them will sink to the bottom and, perhaps, a few of them will be carried to a specific location and find a plot of dirt to die and to be buried.
I am a mere speck of dirt, lighter than air, and my voice is the sound of the wind that dares not demand hearing from any soul on earth. Or I am just a lowly servant who heeds the bidding of the Master and does what I have been told to do. My words are not riding on eagle’s wings; they are “merely vans” to beat the dry autumn air.
What’s there to grumble or to complain about, anyway? Why shouldn’t I have been born to be ignored and neglected, as if I were someone deserving attention? If I am a prophet, I am only prophesying to the wind and a shrinking windpipe and an empty echo is what it produces.
There is nothing worth doing or speaking on earth if it is not done in the name of the Lord and the act of doing is the process of giving thanks to him. No matter how magnificent our deeds are in human eyes and how universally praised, they are merely accumulations of our sins if they are wrought unto men’s glory. Lest we forget, the mother of all sins is the sin of self-glorification.
Once again, let’s be reminded: “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.” May the name of the Lord be magnified through our actions of praise.