I was reading Colossians 3, a powerful chapter of instruction for Christians, and the phrase “whatsoever ye do” popped out at me. It reminded me immediately of this first verse in 1 Corinthians.
Let’s read the three verses, and then we’ll find out what we’ve learned.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17).
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:24).
Whatever we do, we’re to do it:
- to the glory of God—This means that our actions actually convey honor and glory to God. Do they?
- in the name of the Lord Jesus—Our words and actions are to be done in Jesus’ name. Are we living so that all our actions and words are done in the name of Jesus?
- giving thanks to God—Thanksgiving is the mark of a Christian life. Do we give praise in all our words and actions?
- heartily—”From the soul” is the Greek word’s meaning. Do we do everything from the heart?
- to the Lord and not men—Pleasing God should motivate a Christian’s walk and talk. Are we God pleasers or men pleasers?
Every one of these verses convicted my soul. My actions, thoughts, words, and motivations fall far short of this ideal.
I am praying that whatever I do today gets closer to these high goals and that something will bring Him glory.
It’s a start.