Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:34.
1 Corinthians 10:31 gave me something to think about today, as usual. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Once again I’m reminded what my motivation is to be. My motivation is not do all so I can be rewarded. My motivation is not to be do all so I can look good. My motivation is not to be do all so others will think I’m awesome. My motivation is not to be do all so I can scrape by. My motivation is not to be do all that I want. My motivation is not to be do all that I can prove is lawful.
My motivation is to be do all to the glory of God. Even some things that are lawful may not glorify God in some circumstances. That is the whole point of this chapter. It was lawful to eat those meats offered to idols because since the false gods were false, someone waving his hands over it and saying it was dedicated to Zeus didn’t matter. Nothing about the meat was changed. However, if someone was expressing how grand it was that it was meat offered to Zeus and giving it to me, then I need to refuse so that the person won’t think I honor Zeus. I especially need to take care around weaker Christians who don’t yet grasp how the nonexistence of Zeus makes the religious ritual of no effect.
Everything I do must be for God’s glory. That will impact how I talk to my wife. Does it glorify God for me to be disrespectful, selfish, arrogant, and prideful in my attitude toward her? Does it glorify God if I respond with angry outbursts and malice? Of course not. That will impact how I raise my children. Does it glorify God for me to berate, belittle, and neglect my children? Of course not. That will impact how I drive. Does it glorify God for me to flout the laws of the land, respond with road rage at others mistakes, drive carelessly as if I own the road? Of course not. That will impact how I eat. Does it glorify God for me to be a glutton, using food as an escape from my feelings or from reality, eating myself into an early grave? Of course not.
Do you get the picture? I need to ask before every action, “Does this glorify God? ” If I can’t give an enthusiastic, “Yes,” then I need to back off. I don’t need to turn my choices into laws for everyone else. I simply need to make sure that I am fully convinced I’m glorifying God in everything I do, all day long. He deserves it.
***Question: How do you glorify God all day long?
Keep the faith and keep reading,