Week beginning: 21st September, 2014
By Jonathan Hyde | London
"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 (NIV, 1984)
Working as a lawyer, or in the study of law, it sometimes seems like there are no end of things for us to do! Paul encourages us to do all of this "in the name of the Lord Jesus", meaning in His power and through Him. When we feel overwhelmed we can remember that God gives us the wherewithal through His Son to do that which He asks us to do. Our own strength, or wisdom, will not suffice. God enables us and so we should always remember to trust Him to see us through.
Paul also encourages us to be thankful to God in what we do. There is little gratitude in the law, even from satisfied clients, let alone judges or opponents. But this is another way in which we are to be totally counter-cultural by infusing our work in the law with gratitude, taking a moment to thank God for whatever we can in our God-given work.
Finally, we should treat everything that God has given us to do with the same enthusiasm and thankfulness: not just in the law (and not just when we stand to gain from it), but in our families and friendships, and in our churches and communities. They are all of equal value to God and so they should be to us.
Take a moment to recommit yourself and your work in the law to God, and to pursuing it in His power rather than your own. Try also to think of at least five things to say thank you for!
Pray for those around you, and in our fellowship, who might feel overwhelmed and burdened, that they would know God strengthening them and be able to thank Him in what they do.