And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father (Col 3:17, NLT).
True confession: This week I have been stumbling over, and failing at, the goal in this verse. At home, my words have not pointed to Him so much, as to me, and my feelings. Feelings are such a bad compass. It is much better to remember the LORD, than our feelings. So I looked up the command to “remember” the LORD (His Word, His goodness, His acts…) and my count is not necessarily perfect, but I counted 87 times where we are commanded to REMEMBER.
Here is the definition of REMEMBER: to bring to mind or think of again <remembers the old days>; to keep in mind for attention or consideration<remembers friends at Christmas>; to retain in the memory <remember the facts until the test is over>; to convey greetings from <remember me to her> (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember)
Remembering the LORD means that we would set our minds on Him and, I like the part at the end of the list, that we would convey His Words, the sense of Who He is, to others. Here is one of my very favorite bible verses on remembering the LORD, and His way, rather remembering than the ways of the world:
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (Is 43:18-19).
So I guess Mondays are good for new beginnings! In fact, this week I am preparing a teaching for my Bible Study that really challenges me to commit to a new beginning. I have been sharing about the pursuit of holiness and living out God’s plan for The Family Workshop with a wonderful group of women on Wednesdays (I just love alliteration!). Applying the Word to daily life is a constant challenge. Thankfully, He is doing the work…He is doing a new thing, daily. And He never gives up on us. When I let Him have His way with me, and my feelings, suddenly I am able to represent Him more accurately. It is nothing short of a modern day miracle, when you think of it!
So this week, this day, this minute…I am recommitting to, remembering that, I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I am not trying to *stop* doing anything, though there are many things I should *stop* doing. I am learning that it is better to start than to stop. Starting toward Him, turns us away from evil.
Keeping Him in mind, is the only way I can convey His Words, the sense of Who He truly is, to those He has placed in my path and on my heart. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father (Col 3:17, NLT).
I pray that we can all REMEMBER Him, and do this today, and throughout the week! What has He called to your remembrance today?
Britta ~ I am justAgirl...just like you!