- Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts! That peace He talks about in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Our hearts are the center of conflict in our desires and feelings. We must surrender all to Christ and let His peace that surpasses all understanding take control over our hearts.
We must diligently study God's Word. The indwelling Word (message) of
Christ has a transforming influence on believers' lives. Teach and
admonish one another with God's Word. It's the source of all wisdom.
Although the early Christians had access to the Old Testament, they did
not yet have the New Testament. Their stories and teachings about
Christ were memorized and passed on from person to person. Sometimes the
teachings were set to music ("through psalms, hymns, and songs from the
Spirit"); therefore, music was an important part of Christian worship
Doing "all in the name of the Lord Jesus" means bringing honor to our
Lord Jesus Christ in every aspect and activity of our daily living. As
Christ's followers, we represent Christ at all times--whatever we say
and whatever we do.
In essence, to live in the name of the Lord Jesus is to surrender all
to Him/to His Lordship and to live as Jesus Christ's representatives
(His ambassadors: 2 Cor. 5:20). Christ's Lordship of our lives changes
not only our behaviors but also our attitudes and motives. Our attitudes
become conscious reflections upon the will of Christ and our actions
become acts of thanksgiving to Christ. We desire to do it all for the
glory of Christ. External rules, even when good, are not adequate for
every situation; the "rule" (Lordship) of the indwelling Christ is the
only sufficient guide. "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not
gratify the desires of the flesh...if you are led by the Spirit, you are
not under law." Galatians 5:16, 18
This passage mentions about thankfulness three times! "And be
thankful." "Singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." "Giving
thanks to God the Father through Him." What a wonderful reminder for us
to be thankful to God always...to give thanks in everything...to have
gratitude (grateful attitude) in our hearts at all times!
ponder: What impression do people have of Christ when they talk or
interact with us? What changes would you and I make in our lives in
order to honor Christ? Do we remember to give thanks to God in
everything/in all circumstances?