1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
You probably remember the power ballad from 1991 that stuck at number one for 16 weeks in the British charts by Bryan Adams. The song was part of the soundtrack to the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and to many became quite an annoyance in the way that it hung around for so long. It was at a time when a few songs did a similar sort of thing. The ones I can think of are Wet Wet Wet and Love is All Around and I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. The film promoted the songs and the songs promoted the film. By one doing well the other benefited. The two forms of media crossing over and supporting each other greatly strengthened each other.
The same can be said for our lives in many areas. When we separate the spiritual side of our lives from everything else we don’t get the full benefit. We are not maximizing the effect of God in our lives and the effect that our lives can have for God. The title of that Bryan Adams song was ’Everything I do I do it for you’ and I feel summarizes exactly what this passage is saying our attitude and behaviour should be towards God. Everything we do should be for God’s glory. We shouldn’t restrain our lives to just giving God a bit of praise on Sunday when we go to Church and perhaps when we have a quiet time but seek to make this part of our every activity.
The original passage was meant specifically to cover the topic of eating food that had been offered in sacrifice to idols which Paul had been talking about. The statement is opened up though to all behaviour with the phrase whatever you do. This isn’t saying that only the important tasks you do, do for God’s glory but everything. According to this verse even the mundane and ordinary need to be done for the glory of God.
There was a seventeenth-century monk who lived in Paris who became known as “Brother Lawrence”. His main work was in the kitchens cooking and preparing food. He claimed that he felt God’s presence as much in the kitchen doing his daily duties as he did in the chapel. He called this the “practice of the presence of God”. It describes how he worked at focusing everything he did on doing it for the love of God. Be it making an omelette or peeling potatoes. It might not be the easiest thing to understand or carry out in our lives but Brother Lawrence was fully carrying out the words of this verse.
What steps can you take this coming week to make sure that you are doing everything for the glory of God? Maybe take a verse with you on a scrap of paper or on your mobile phone to meditate on when you have the opportunity and keep it in mind? Perhaps you might just constantly try to pray about what is going on around you and the people you encounter in your day to day activities? If you have any other ideas why not post them here to help others coming up with novel and new ways to do everything for God’s glory.
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