Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Washing Dishes in Jesus’ Name

Photo by Edwc (Flickr)
“Bert, I don’t have time to clean the house. My column for The Wakulla News isn’t finished yet.”

Even though Bert’s response was sweet, I could tell he wasn’t happy. However, that line of reasoning made sense to me because the house didn’t look that bad, and what would people do without my insights? (Totally kidding with the last part of that sentence.)

Then a few days later, Sheila, one of my blog visitors, emailed me saying she was setting a goal to “respond in a cheerful voice consistently to my husband, even when I feel very tired.” Following suit, I decided to make it my goal to prioritize my husband above ministry, and do it cheerfully! Want to join me in resetting our priorities?

If we use Colossians 3:17 as our motivation, we could extend this concept to every relationship – even those at work, church and school. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father(NASB).

This verse depicts the attitude I want to emulate: to do everything as one who is representing God Himself – with thanksgiving.

What if every word we spoke and every task we performed, we did so as if we were literally representing the ultimate Servant? I assure you, I would really have to depend on God’s presence within me to accomplish that – especially when you add the “giving thanks” part.

But could you imagine what that attitude could do for a marriage? For any relationship? Not to mention, giving a higher perspective to our tasks.

I truly believe we encounter amazing joy and peace as we pursue a higher level of service. Do you crave that kind of joy and peace? I sure do.

Each time we’re tempted to grumble when we have to clean the kitchen or scrub the toilet at home; or when we need to redo a work-related project for our boss – let’s make it our goal to do it all in Jesus’ name – with a thankful attitude.

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  1. Great post. I am certainly motivated to try this and I will definitely need prayer to succeed.

    1. You and me both!! We'll pray for each other. How does that sound?

  2. Great reminder that should be our constant state, other wise how can we show Jesus's love? And I know from past experience that this does come naturally when we are in the Word, prayer and worship continually. (notice I said PAST experience!) Also, thought you should know that clicking the title in your email (on my laptop) brought me to the post...very helpful!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Cassie. And I certainly understand the need to return to some of our PAST good habits! ;)
      Also thank you for the helpful tip. I'll include it at the end of my post soon.
      I hope you'll stop by again!

  3. Conversation on Facebook:
    Sure! What's his name?

    1. I finally got on the ball and changed the wording a bit to make more sense. Your humorous remark turned out to be helpful!

    2. That's better! I still smile when I think of how you worded it the first time! It was an honest mistake and I think it made you seem really cute! Now I should make a comment on the actual topic that you were trying to discuss before I took us down the rabbit hole! I think it is a great idea to put God first, because if we are right with our Father- everything will fall into place, including marriages! I would join you, but I am not married. But I should read it anyway- because I should make sure I always make God a priority for success in my little life!

    3. THANK you for bringing us back to the topic. lol Truth be told, I need to print what I wrote to remind myself to prioritize in a God-honoring way. Keep in touch, okay? Also, if you have the time, would you also go to my blog and post a comment there? It might encourage more to do the same. Or at least, it will tickle me to no end!


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