Easier Said Than Done

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Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Have you ever had someone give you elaborate instructions that overwhelmed you with complicated details and then have them conclude with, “It’s really quite simple?” But when you try to complete the task you quit in frustration thinking, “That was easier said than done?”

Given the life experiences most of us face, we may simply glide over this verse without much thought because in practice it may seem impossible to accomplish. Daily, we are bombarded with all kinds of challenges, whether it be stressful situations in the workplace or difficulties on the home front. Sometimes even the simplest mundane experiences of life can be drudgery. How is it possible for us to say and do everything that gives praise, glory and thanksgiving to God in the name of Jesus? Maybe it would be possible if our lives were free from trouble, free from disappointment, heartache and pain. Wasn’t that the kind of life the writer of this verse had?

Paul, who wrote these words, was in fact in prison at the time. Paul suffered untold hardships, beatings and starvation. He repeatedly faced death at the hands of men and nature. He was left for dead from a stoning, forsaken by friends, hunted down by enemies and even shipwrecked. Paul obviously endured more difficulty than most of us could imagine.

In spite of Paul’s experiences, he was still able to do everything in the name of Jesus giving thanks to God. How is this possible? Perhaps the key is given in the earlier verses. Paul repeatedly focused on the power that is given to all believers and is summed up in Colossians 3:4. “When Christ who is your life…” When Christ is your life then all we say and do is done for Jesus and with thanksgiving.

This week, if you are a believer, focus on your new life in Christ and the power He provides. Spend meaningful time with Him in His Word. Allow Christ to be your life and He will be your everything.

August 10, 2020