"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 3:17I [Eugenia Price, the author] have been guilty of excusing my lack of faith on the grounds that I was "confused" as to what God really meant. Was it wrong to do a certain thing? Was it wrong or merely "acquired conscience?" A friend once said at our table, I just think maybe I'm meant to be overweight, I crave food so!" Pleading confusion as to what God is really driving at with us.
But Here is a "blue stone" verse which allows no such hedging where faith is concerned. God never tries to mix us up, and if we would only obey this verse verbatim, we would find He has even made a neat little outline for us to follow in finding out "what's right and what's wrong."
Here is the outline:
1. Do everything you do and say everything you say "in the name of the Lord Jesus..."
2, Do everything you do and say everything you say in an attitude of thanksgiving to God.
Now, can you eat that extra piece of pie in the name of the Lord Jesus? Realizing that "in His name" means "in His nature"? Can you write that letter "in the name of the Lord Jesus"? Can you scream at your children and nag your husband all the while your heart is giving thanks to God? Can you deceive your wife or turn that shady business deal in an attitude of thankfulness to the One who poured His self out on a Cross for your eternal life? God has made finding out His will very, very simple.
Father, I put my life into your hands...
"Whatever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men ... for ye serve the Lord Christ."