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Words and Deeds.

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 3:17

One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, ‘all means all.’

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

“For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”  But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above)  or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:5-13

Our Daily Conduct

Life is so daily. We can easily get caught up in the routines of life. We can get caught up in our work and in our duties….and we can easily forget. That we’re not doing what we do for a paycheck. We’re not caring for our home and families as a duty. We are and should be doing all we do for God. The gift of salvation was so freely given. We were bought by a precious price – the life of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. We were lovingly brought into the family of God and now our life – that is – words and deeds should not only reflect and honor God, but they also should be for them. Not only that, we should live for others as well.

Let there be light…

I’ve heard so much lately about how light dispels darkness and how light reflected produces more light. Whereas darkness doesn’t dispel light and darkness reflected only shows more darkness. Light reveals. Light brings cheer and warmth. Light brings truth. So, we are instructed to speak and to live to reflect the ultimate light – God Himself. For, He is light.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5

Knowing this then should cheer our hearts. Sometimes the daily life and daily duties can become so mundane and like chores…but, they’re not. Life is so wonderful and precious. Each day is a glorious opportunity to live for God. Each day is a marvelous opportunity to be light for those around you. Yes, some days will be hard and perhaps some times we will get tired and discouraged. In those times you need to pause, to reflect and to refresh yourself on the knowledge. These days are not about difficulties. These days are not about difficult people. These days are not about mundane hard work. These days are about living a life that reflects God and demonstrates our love and worship toward Him. The life we’re given has meaning. The life we’re given has purpose. We may not understand all that God has planned for our life, but we can be assured of one thing – God is in control. Everything that happens He allows for a reason. Some of the reasons are just a piece of a puzzle or a little part of a much bigger picture. We may not know here…but, some day we will know and understand.

So, take on today for God. Rejoice in knowing you have specific purpose in His plan. What are we called to do? It’s so simple. Love God and love others. Do your work with all your might as if it were a gift to God. Live your life for those around you so that they can see the light of God’s love in you.

If you’ve become tired. Rest. If you’ve become discouraged. Encourage yourself in God’s word and through song. If you’ve become disenchanted – turn your eyes upon God and remember. It’s good for us to pause and to reflect on just what it took to bring us into a relationship with God. And, remember it’s very personal. He loved you and loves you so very much. Let that cheer your heart.

So, whatever you’re given to do in life – in word or deed – do it all; do it all to the utmost of your ability for God…and let Him do the rest.

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