Awareness. Perception. Reality.

And whatever you do* in word or deed, everything in the name** of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through*** Him. Col. 3:17

“In the name of Jesus” aren’t the magic words that go at the end of prayers to insure they work, but the recognition of our identity, of being in Him, and of Christ being in us. This sense of identity gives us clearer, more thorough, Christ-lit perceptions about what happens in our lives and how we respond. Everything we do, create, produce, think about, or collect happens in the reality of Christ whether we recognize it or not. Compartmentalizing our lives into “God” and “not God” piles limits our perceptions and influences how we experience, choose, respond, and process events and ideas that touch our lives. Sorting things like this can lead to faulty priorities, internal and relationship conflicts, and a general sense of dissatisfaction. Gratitude and peace come with deep awareness of being permeated by the reality of Christ in every aspect of our lives.

Lord, thank you for the love, grace, peace, hope, and abundance that comes when I am aware of You.

*ποιέω poieō translated “do” also means “create, produce, compose, multiply, consider, assume, spend time, prepare, play, act, practice.”

**ὄνομα onoma translated “name” also encompasses “character, reputation, and fame.” In Hebrew a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs.

***διά dia translated “through” means “instrumentally through, caused by, thoroughly and successfully across to the other side, to go all the way through”