The Gospel of Christ can be tough to live by. I would say impossible without God’s grace. Take today’s Gospel reading, for example. Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” These are things that run counter to our nature, and certainly to the messages that the world sends. Luckily, God gives us plenty of opportunities to practice.
The first reading today is Colossians 3:12-17. These few verses are really a blueprint for living out the Christian faith. The last line of today’s reading really sums it up. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
At the beginning of each year, I always like to make New Year’s resolutions. This past January 1, I made only one resolution. It was to do my best to live out Colossians 3:17. To do everything for Jesus. To try to make sure that I’m honoring Jesus with everything I do. Everything. Have I been successful? Nope. Not even close. But I am trying my best to keep that thought close to my heart and let it inform all of my decisions. Oh, I’m still fumbling and bumbling my way through life. But I hope that I’m stumbling and bumbling for Jesus!
Father, help us to always keep your Son at the forefront of our minds; to do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to you through Him. Amen.
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