Colossians 3: Representing the Family
We all have to take ownership for everything that we do, and in Colossians 3, Paul speaks about how we ought to act now that we are a new creation in Christ.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
We should be learning about God, worshiping God and working together for the glory of God. When we keep our focus on that, verse 17 will naturally fall into place. If we are doing that which is right, then we will be able to do it in the name of God.
We want to be able to bring honor to God when we do everything, so if we are comfortable with the fact that we are not only representing ourselves but also Jesus Christ, I think that will help achieve our mission. It is like being a member of a country. As you ask, you also are conscious that you are a representative of that country. Your actions reflect on that country, so if you want to bring honor to it, you would be very careful that you are acting in the right way. We need to understand that we are not only speaking for ourselves but for something bigger as well.
I think that is similar. Because we are members of the family of God, we need to make sure that we represent that family in the best light possible. We don’t want to do anything that would bring dishonor to the family. That would be explicitly against our mission for glorifying God if we are actually contributing to a demolition of God’s reputation.