I found two things remarkable in today’s readings:
“Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
– Colossians 3:17
“Let everything that breaths praise the Lord!”
– Psalm 150:6
All I have to say is that this cannot be down without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I ask myself “how is this done? do everything in the name of the Lord…everything?” It sounds lofty and great, sure God I give you everything, I’ll do everything in the name of your Son. But really everything? Like taking out the trash and watching Project Runway and finding the right dog to adopt?
There is a word in Greek that is used to describe the actions of the Holy Spirit: dunamis. You’ve probably already guessed that this is linked to English words like dynamite or dynamic. The Holy Spirit can work in incredibly powerful ways in our lives and the action is like dynamite – explosive. I read today’s readings with a desire for a greater influence of the Holy Spirit in my life.
Dynamite results in an explosion and an explosion leaves a cloud or haze. If we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives he will come like fire and explode in our hearts and he will leave his mark in the form of a cloud of grace and glory that will cover all we do and say. It will change our perspective and our point of view. It will saturate us in grace and love. That same Spirit will breath new life into us and into our situation and praise and blessing will follow it. This will effect everything we do, everything we are and it will make us more like Christ. And then we can do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus with praise and adoration on our lips.