So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
“Do all things to the glory of God” can read quite differently depending on our perspective.
If we don’t know or trust that God is good, we might think it absurd that anyone should “try to live their life in a way that gives glory to God” — that might seem like a pointless, burdensome, heavy list of laws that we might have to try and live up to.
If we are religious and condemning and proud and hypocritical, we might hear that and immediately think of “someone else who ought to be living their lives differently”.
If we are in sin or not fully surrendered in an area of our lives, we might hear that and be “reminded of something we are doing that could hinder our testimony that needs to be confessed, repented, and laid down at the foot of the cross”.
If we are walking freely in the joy of the Lord, we might hear that and “be inspired that we have the opportunity today to live differently, peculiarly, oddly unique — as salt and light — as vessels of the Holy Spirit of God — as ambassadors of the upside down Kingdom of God”.
And there is a time for everything, so we need not try and fake it and act like our lives are full of joy if we are broken and hurting and in need of rest. We need not “put on a mask of religion” to appear one way while we know inside we are living alie.
No, we need to decide, “Is God worth being glorified?”
That is truly the answer, and is the reason behind those differing perspectives. If we truly believe that He is, and we know that our greatest purpose is to glorify Him — it shifts everything else.
When we truly believe this about God — it makes it much easier for us to lay down that temptation, sin, shame, bitterness, unforgiveness, grumbling, etc. that was hindering us in our walk with God.
But what about those times when we doubt?
What about those times when we have grown weary?
What about if we don’t even know the Lord yet?
What if we’ve never yet heard the gospel and truly believed and received?
There is Good News, friend!
We can continue in this life trying to make it about ourselves — and continue on that broad path to self destruction. Or we can learn about this Jesus Christ, who is God who came in the flesh as a mam to live among us and truly live upright in a way that not only fulfilled the religious laws but superceded them in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control that is in such a stark contrast to religious hypocrisy or selfish lawlessness. And we can learn how a sinful world hated Him for it so that He could pay for our sins and offer us forgiveness and demonstrate a way where there was no way — a way where we could know and love God in a personal way that has us grateful for the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives.
If this sounds like the type of change you need in your life today — real relationship with God — a life of true purpose — freedom from sin and shame — a life of glorifying God and not yourself — pray with me:
Lord, you are trustworthy and worthy of all praise and honor and glory. Too many times, I have made it about myself and not about you. Too many times I have doubted and not trusted you even though you are always faithful. Thank you for revealing your gospel and The Way to me. Thank you for allowing me to turn back from the broad way to destruction that I have been on. Thank you for showing me areas of my own life that need to be surrendered. Thank you for teaching me how to live in a way that glorifies you. Help me today to remember, to not forget that you are worthy, and that your way is best. Amen.
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God bless you and keep you, and may His joy, His very countenance and nature be on you and shine through you for the world to see and bring glory to our Father in heaven. Amen.