“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
“And whatever you do in word or deed”
There is an implied imperative in this phrase that everything we do it is to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus.
There is no division between the spiritual and secular. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Everything we do at home, play, or work, God wants us to do it for his glory.
“do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”
Whatever we do, whether by lip or life, creed or conduct, we do it with a given norm in mind.
The “name of the Lord Jesus” means under the authority and approval of Jesus. Everything we do must fall under the motivation of the approval of Jesus. This will clarify any doubt of selfishness in our service to him. The approval of Jesus gives dignity and purpose to all that we do for him.
What is in the name of Jesus? When a product carries a name it indicates the standards of quality. Suppose we hear “Ford,” that is one standard, and hear “Lincon,” that is another standard. We make purchases by the name of the product (if we can afford it!). The name makes the difference.
In Christianity it is the name of the Lord Jesus that makes the difference. He is the standard by which we measure life. It was never necessary for Jesus to recall anything he ever said. He never confessed any act of aberrance. His name stands for integrity, quality, perfection, and honesty. So whatever we do, it must be done in his name.
“Do all”–nothing is exempt from this standard of action. God does not want us to treat anything as insignificant or without value. The smallest act has significance in the Christian life. Nothing is too small. Nothing is too ordinary. God does not want us to treat anything we do indifferently.
Notice that Paul does not give a rule for every situation. He gives an overarching principle. He says simply that we measure every motive on the norm of the criterion of Christ. Whatever we do at work or home or play, if we do it with this standard, then it will have blessed eternal consequence.
Jesus is the norm by which we measure the direction of our lives.
Everything we say and do is to be put under the Lordship of Christ. If God were to give you a report card on the motives that compel your deeds, what grade would God give you? Living for the name of the Lord Jesus clarifies our motives.
Each one of us is responsible for living under the name of Christ. There is no abridging this contract out to someone else.
Jesus is the norm for conduct; he is our standard. Everything we do must be done in the authority and strength of Christ. Everything we do is motivated by our relationship with him. Every act can be an act of worship.
God wants us to do all things in the name of our Lord Jesus. My name stands for my person. Our name represents us. Jesus’ name represents him. Whether we wash dishes, sweep the floor, paint the house, or do our job at work, we represent Jesus there. We need to make sure whatever we do is worthy of his name.