Posted by: Jo | December 9, 2016

Whatever you Do

“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.”

(Colossians 3: 17)

image.pngRecently I have been attending a Bible study which emphasised spiritual formation and its thrust was to deepen our spiritual lives and after each session we were all given exercises to practise during the following week. Some were more difficult than others and I struggled especially with the one that asked us to go a complete day without uttering one negative statement, but the final exercise was a very powerful one and one I am trying to incorporate into my daily life (I found it to be very difficult!) This exercise was to focus on the Lord in every action, spoken word or thought for a complete day, being conscious of his presence every minute.

Many years ago, I was introduced to the beautiful Celtic prayers and found this including the Lord in everything they did during the day, was their strength. I love this one that they would say before starting the day, ensuring his powerful presence surrounded them every minute.

Circle me, O Godimage.png

Keep hope within

Despair without

Circle me, O God

Keep peace within

Keep turmoil out

Circle me, O God

Keep strength within

Keep weakness out

Paul has a wonderful way of encouraging us to be aware of the Lord all day, he recommends we keep in step with the Holy Spirit. If he is walking side by side with us we have a great ally.

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5: 25)

Sometimes a sermon stays in one’s mind long after it is delivered and I remember one, in particular, given about this topic of allowing Christ in to every aspect of our lives, and the story the pastor told us went like this;

A young man on so touched by the Sunday morning service, he asked Jesus to be with him every day, as he went to get into his car to drive home, he was surprised to see Jesus sitting in the passenger seat, He drove home very carefully aware of his presence. That afternoon he felt very calm and peaceful with Jesus sitting across from him in his living room. Next morning, he was surprised to see Jesus ready to go to work with him and was a little nervous as he had a busy day ahead and suggested Jesus would be better to stay at home, but Jesus once again sat in the car. The man was aware all day that he had to control his anger etc. with Jesus listening to everything he said.  image.pngAt the end of the day he told Jesus that he and his mates were going to the pub for a drink and was horrified when Jesus said he was coming too.

The story is a simple one, but it does make us think that when we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we are inviting him into our lives, not just saying we will see you next Sunday. The Psalmists knew that proximity to the Lord brought great blessings on their day.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” (Psalm 89: 15 – 16)

 

 

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  1. I particularly loved your Celtic prayer, Jo and will try to think of it today. It is hard to be conscious of God with us all the time – but the idea of his circling us is so appealing. We can know He is there, even when we are thinking of the potatoes we are peeling.

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