So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 

Everything for God’s Glory

| Oct 21, 2013

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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.—1 Corinthians 10:31

God created the world to display His power and His patience, His glory and His grace (Romans 9:22–23). Therefore, He commands His creatures to do everything they do for His glory.

Yet it is easy to talk about God’s glory so much that we become dull in our thinking and feeling of it. But 1 Corinthians 10:31 insists that the problem isn’t thinking about it too much. No, the glory of God is to be directly tied to every aspect of the Christian life—even the everyday details like eating and drinking. Rather, the issue is neglecting God’s glory, whether from a dull heart or a self-seeking heart or any kind of heart that does not aim at the high call of pleasing God.

So, there is a way to eat bread that makes the Bread of Life look desirable (John 6:35, 48, 51). There is a way to drink water that makes Living Water look satisfying (John 4:10–11; 7:37–38). Yes, there is a way to eat food and be intimate with our spouses and do anything else when and only when the word of God and prayer and thankfulness permeate and thus sanctify the eating and the being and the doing (1 Timothy 4:1–5).

Again, it is easy to say that you do all for God’s glory. But Jesus gives us a crucial test in John 5:44 when he asks, “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” In other words, it is impossible to rightly pursue the glory of God when your life is centered on receiving approval from man.

So, test your heart as you seek to obey God’s command through the Apostle Paul. Think about every area of your life—your eating and drinking and walking and talking and parenting and reading and writing and sleeping—and ask God, “How can I give you all the glory in all of my life?” Then rest in His word. For He gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3–4). So, trust Him.

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