1 Corinthians 10:31
Posted October 21, 2013
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Everything we do (apart from sin) is embedded with the ability to be done to glory of God. What does “to the glory of God” mean? It simply means that instead of us seeing actions as ends unto themselves, we instead see something beneath our actions, pushing particular activities that point others to God and His perfections. There is no activity too mundane, too “secular” that we could not do that for the glory of God. Eating? Eat to the glory of God. Drinking? Drink to the glory of God. Governing a state? Govern to the glory of God. Plunging a toilet? Plunge to the glory of God. The gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ does not just affect our Sundays, but also our Monday mornings and beyond. It affects how we work, how we party, how we talk to others, how we spend (or don’t spend) our money, how we view and understand our sexuality. May we see the whole of our lives as not merely disconnected elements, but rather let every activity be colored and flavored by the the truth that we want God to be seen as beautiful in all we do.
The flip side of this truth is simply that it is possible for us to not eat to the glory of God... How is that possible? Perhaps we do something that others might see our glory. Perhaps we take a gift from God and turn it into a god itself. Perhaps it might be simply a lack of recognition that God the Creator is the provider of all things, including the food on our plate. Perhaps we are drinking alcohol to get drunk. Perhaps we are working to merely accumulate a large savings account and feel “safe”. Whatever it is, may the calling to infuse every activity with worship be in our hearts. We end with a famous Abraham Kuyper quote: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
Song by Joel Limpic.
Produced & mixed by Dustin Ragland.
Artwork by Emily Enabnit.