“I visited one my neighbors last night,” Stan began, “and I was talking with him about Christ and Christianity.”
“What was his response?” I asked.
“Whatever,” Stan replied.
“You mean ‘whatever’ in the sense that he was not interested in what you had to say?” I asked.
“Exactly,” was Stan’s response.
“How did that make you feel?”
“Well,” Stan replied, “I feel badly for him in that he is not prepared to step into eternity to be with God forever, but that is not the end of the story.”
Continuing, he said, “I am not going to let his ‘whatever’ interfere with the apostle Paul’s ‘whatever’ in his letter to the church in Colosae.”
“Show me a bit more light on what you mean,” I replied.
“The apostle Paul told the church in Corinth that whatever the people said or did, they were to do all in the name of Jesus. No exceptions to that ‘whatever’. There was not room for them to come back and say they didn’t understand what Paul meant by ‘all’.”
Concluding, Stan said, “If I let my neighbor’s ‘whatever’ discourage me from the ‘whatever’ God has for me to say and to do, I will have started down a path away from who and what is intended for me on this side of eternity.”
“With God’s help through the Holy Spirit, I will continue doing ‘whatever’ and ‘all’ in the name of and for the sake of Jesus. I will not be deterred by this ‘whatever world’.”
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want all of me for all of you. I confess that too often I do not do all for you. I don’t always speak and don’t always do in the name of and for the sake of Jesus. Please forgive me. And please lead me exactly in what you have for me to be and to do on this side of eternity. Lead and help me to follow so that truly all I do and all I say will be for you, your praise, your honor, and your glory. Help me to not be discouraged by the “whatever” of the world. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.