Colossians 3:17 – “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.”
When an employee is hired by any business, a good manager will instruct and train them to understand and perform their job to the company’s standards. A business should have a standard which they instill into their employees. As you’ve heard our pastor say many times from the pulpit, as a father he instilled a similar standard in his children. He told us, “We do things the right way, because that’s how Fosters do things.”
Many of us know that, as employees in the secular world, if we lazily put an item together (regardless of whether it’s a machined part, lesson plan, report, or performing customer service) that we will be reprimanded by management for failing to meet our employer’s standard. But have we ever stopped to think that we are required to do the same with respect towards spiritual things?
All we do in word and in deed we are commanded to do in the name of Christ. When the world knows us to be Christians, each word that passes our lips and each seed we commit as packaged into a box that has the name of Christ stamped onto it. Whether we wish it or not, others judge Christ by what they see and hear in His followers. Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, but the heathen world sees Him in the lives of those that profess to know Him.
If you open a box that has amazon’s name on it, and the wrong item is inside, you hold it against amazon not the item’s maker. If you open a box of doughnuts from a bakery to find them undercooked, you call the company’s phone number; you don’t go in and yell at the baker on staff.
As purchased vessels for the use of God, people may see us, but they also see the name of Christ stamped onto us. If we do not allow ourselves to hand in sub-par workmanship on the job, why do we fail to hold ourselves to the same standard in our spiritual life?
Much less, why do we not hold ourselves to the highest standard when it comes to the things of Christ? He gave his best, so why should we settle for anything less than offering our best?
Your fellowservant in Christ,
Bro. Jordan Foster