Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~
The glory of God impacts everything. I did not fully understand the truth or impact of that statement until years after I became a Christian. Unfortunately many of us tend to be unmoved by that statement, however the magnitude of what it conveys should cause reflection and adoration. Much of the Christian life can be summed up by that statement.
In his writing to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul brings forth the very notion of God’s glory and its motivational influence upon the believer’s life. In context, Paul is confronting the activities of the Christian life. Concerned about whether or not believers should eat certain foods that were deemed unclean (a similar passage is found in Romans 15:1-6). The conclusion that Paul comes to is that even when things are permissible, not all things are profitable, therefore Christians should only engage in those activities which impact the good of God’s people, which ultimately brings glory to God. (Roman 15:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31). Thus we read his words, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.”
If we take this verse to heart, the glory of God is the motivating factor for the Christian. First, the glory of God determines our activities. While certain activities are clearly against the will of God, there are many activities that are allowable. So how does one determine whether or not they are a good investment of time? Based on the answer to a simple question: will this activity bring glory to God?
Not only does the glory of God determine our activities, it determines our actions. How will you respond to the temptation of today? What about the unexpected trial sure to come your way? The world offers varying choices of responses, however those choices are limited to only those that will bring the greatest glory to God.
Living for the glory of God though is not a burdensome task. Paul’s writings convey an incomparable privilege and an incomprehensible joy at being able to serve His Lord (i.e. Philippians 3:7; 2 Timothy 4:6-8). When Paul urges believers to be motivated by the glory of God, he does not do so as a burdensome sense of the law, but out of a deep love and appreciation for who God is.
I am concerned that the greatest influence in our life is the glory of self. As I look back upon my life I can see how the initial parts of even my Christian life had little reflection upon God’s glory through my life, and even today I can see how that desire seeks to subvert a godly one. So I write today not because I lament the Christian’s motivation, but because I can see it my own life as much as anywhere else. Today though, begins a new week. A new week with new challenges, new confrontations, and new opportunities. The question becomes, how do we remain motivated this week? By living for the glory of the Lord.
For further consideration:
- How does living for God’s glory bring more joy than living for the glory of self?
- How does God’s glory impact the activities and actions you engage in this week?
- How does a life dedicated to God’s glory impact the quality of what you engage in this week?
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