Being a pastor is one of the greatest blessings God could have ever bestowed upon me – “most of the time”. I say ‘most of the time’ because there are moments when I would like to step out of my role as a pastor and let sin have its way. Whether it’s giving in to a temptation or throwing a temper tantrum, sometimes sin seems to be the better alternative.
Though sin sometimes seems like the better choice, it never is. The Bible teaches us that every part of our life should always be under the control of our Savior. Paul writes-
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. Col 3:17
‘Whatever you do . . .” means that regardless of who we are or where we are at, everything we do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. Everything we do should be done in His power, with His authority, and for His glory.
It’s not always easy to make the right choice, but whenever we do it always brings us a blessing. Paul writes – “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.”
Not only should we always do the right thing, we should always be thankful that we have done it. For what can we always give thanks?
* We can be thankful that Christ always gives us the strength to make the right decisions.
* We can be thankful that we have a good reason to make the right choice.
* We can also be thankful that something so small as making the right choice can bring glory to His name.
“He is most likely to do his duty well who goes to it with a heart overflowing with gratitude to God for his mercies; and he who is likely to perform his duties with the most cheerful fidelity, is he who has the deepest sense of the Divine goodness in providing a Saviour for his lost and ruined soul.”