Everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
This gives us a rule that goes far beyond “what is the harm of this or that?” and is so simple. It comes into any common thing in the day, like buying a dress. Are you doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus? Can you go to a concert in His name? Of course not. The things may not be wrong, but it settles everything – hundreds of questions that might arise. It gives me as my measure and rule to be walking in Christ, and living for Christ. I have Christ as my life, and He cannot do it…If I am in earnest, it is the most comfortable rule possible; but if I am not, it pinches dreadfully: because you may say, “Am I never to do anything to please myself?” Ah, you betray yourself! What a comfort it is to know what He likes!
Golden Nugget Number 324
(J N Darby NS vol. 34)
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