Whatever you do, do it in the name of the Lord

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1.Do it in the name of Jesus: Colossians 3:17,17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In Luke 10:17,17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Here too we see the Lord’s name being glorified.

Similarly in Acts 3:1-7, 3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

The apostles were not rich traders or merchants.They were wanderers and carried no money. Their wealth was Jesus Christ and their love for Him. Acts 9:32-35, 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

Also, in Acts 16:18, 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

Here to we see that Paul drove out demons in the name of Christ. The apostles drove out demons and healed many people in the name of Christ. This should be the role model/ideal for the children of God. If we want/desire that our actions bear good output or that we excel in what we do, we should do it in the name of the Lord. We should learn this and also make it a habit.

Mark 9:41, 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

At times we help many people, welcome them at home. If done in the name of the Lord, we glorify the name of the Lord.

2.Rely on the Lord and do it: John 14:13,13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:7, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.In these verses Jesus says whatever you ask in the Father’s name will be given to you.

Also in Matthew 18:19-20,19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Jesus that whatever you ask in the name of the Father, and believe it to be done, you shall receive it. Matthew 21:22,22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” The Heavenly Father sent His only Son on earth so that through the Son we can come near Him. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We should gather and pray in the name of Jesus. Jesus acts a mediator for us sinners to the Father each moment.

3.Glorify the name of the Lord: Jesus healed ten men who had leprosy, Luke 17: 15-19,15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Jesus asked the one who thanked and glorified God about the others who were not there.

1 Corinthians 10:31,31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. These verses teach us that our words and actions should be such that we glorify God at all times. Each day we receive numerous blessings from the Lord. We, the children of God, being caught up in the maze of this worldly desire do not spare time to spend in the presence of the Lord. When we say the Lord’s prayer, we end it in Matthew 6:13, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. We should refrain from self boasting and selfishness in the name of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:7, For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? We have often heard people say, if there is still life inside me I will do it. I will come back again. No one can stop me. This should change because we are not aware what will happen the next moment. If the Lord permits and helps, we should begin our our words with them. Those glorify God receive its rewards, those who self boast receive its rewards. James 4:13-14 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Let this verse be a lesson for us. The good deeds we do if done only for applause the rewards will be received here itself. Whereas if a good deed is done in the name of the Lord the rewards will be given by the Father Himself. The decision is in our hands, think and act on this.

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