Is there an echo in here?
Don’t you hate repeating yourself? Especially when it comes to your children! Or there is nothing worse than listening to someone else who sounds like a broken record, eh? But if we stop and think about it, there is great value in repetition. There is great value in repetition. Yes, we probably overuse that form of communication and therefore destroy it’s power and purpose by turning it into the common. As a literary tool, repetition is used to emphasis an important point we don’t want lost on the audience. We kneel down, look our kids in the eyes, and slowly repeat our final instructions to them before parting ways. Why? Because we really want them to hear it, and for it to be the last things in their minds so they will remember it and act on it and be safe.
I noticed yesterday as we considered Colossians chapter three during our Sunday service that Paul repeated a phrase within the chapter. I am learning that when things are repeated in Scripture (in the same book, but more specifically in close proximity) that the author intends it to be important and he is using repetition to underline that fact. Let’s look at verses 17 and 23: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” and “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”. The repeated phrase ‘whatever you do’ is something worthy of our consideration and application.
We need the reminder that our faith and spirituality is not intended to be just one compartment of our lives. We are not simply to use it or treat it as one thing we do on Sunday morning, and a little bit in private through the week when we have our devotional time. No. God desires our faith to be a living relationship with him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whatever we do, the exciting or the mundane, can and should be done for the glory of God. I am seeing that one of the main themes and applications of Colossians is to shatter our error of dividing up life into the sacred and the secular. In Colossians 1 we read that ALL things were created by and for Jesus (v.16). This means that all life is an arena to know and reflect our Heavenly Father. In contrast to the false beliefs Paul was correcting in Colosse, a believer can’t attain a greater and secret spirituality through intermediaries, or religious rites, or legalism, or by living an ascetic lifestyle. Christ is enough. Christ completes us. Christ is all.
So as you head into this new week, what is the “whatever you do” going to look like? What is on your calendar and your daily routine? Work? Play? Chores? Travel? Family? How will you approach them? Dreading certain details of your week, or embracing it all knowing that Christ is present with you? The biblical worldview calls you to do it all in the name of the Lord, for his glory, and with thanksgiving in your heart. Be blessed as you live out this truth this week.