31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Breathe in, breathe out. Do this for the glory of God. In the car, driving to work, do that for the glory of God. Standing in line at the store, do it for the glory of God. Preparing a meal, serving a neighbor, helping a child with homework, talking on the phone, messaging, exercising, relaxing, playing, working. Breathe in, breathe out. Do all for the glory of God. What does “everything” look like in your world? Fill in the blank.
What impact would Christians have if “everything” they did was for God’s glory? Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth addressed their food intake and an ongoing debate concerning whether to eat food offered to idols. Paul’s admonishment basically came down to this: how much do you love your neighbor? Based on Matthew 22:37-40, the law and the personal right to eat—or to do whatever—hung on loving God and loving a neighbor. The act of choosing one’s personal right could possibly hinder a neighbor coming to Christ.
You may be wondering, “How does what I drink or eat bring others to Christ?” While we may not be as concerned with food sacrificed to idols today, we should question if “whatever” we are doing is bringing glory to God. The world scrutinizes Christians to see what is permissible. They might catch a Christian in contradiction, which can add fuel to a personal conflict or debate in a non-believer’s eyes. On the flipside, young Christians watch mature Christians through mentor-like glasses. So, while eating and drinking may not be as big of an issue today, whatever you do could impact someone’s decision to come to Christ or hinder someone’s spiritual growth.
That can be a lot of pressure! Living in a fishbowl is never a healthy way to live. But choosing to love God first and your neighbor over yourself by earnestly doing whatever it takes will remove the fishbowl glass distortion and will bring glory to God in everything you do. Loving God passionately, without question or hesitation, will inherently flow onto your neighbor.
Breathe in, breathe out—for the glory of God.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- How do you steward your intake?
- How do your actions bring others to Christ?
- Are you willing to give up your personal right to lead someone to Christ?
Discuss as a family- “What does it mean to glorify God?” Make a chart of three main places your child spends their day (i.e. home, school, soccer practice). Ask the question: “How can you glorify God in each of these settings?” Write for them as they talk with you and encourage them to actually act on it in those places! You can also further the conversation by asking around the dinner table “How did you glorify God today?”
Pray for creativity in strategy as our church considers opportunities to send mission journey teams, summer/semester/yearlong missionaries, and career missionaries. Pray for wisdom regarding where to send, how to connect and serve, and how to support.