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To the Glory of God

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do we often pause and reflect on how we live our lives to the glory of God? Paul says whatever you do, do allfor the glory of God. How can I eat and drink to God’s glory? Do I eat and drink in ways that don’t show forth God glory? What does that really mean, and I how do I apply that to all areas of my life? Does eating vegetables give God glory but eating pizza or dessert not give God glory? How does food affect God’s glory? If I forget to pray before a meal does that mean God is not glorified?

Food is just one example that Paul is using in his letter. Sometimes we can get caught up in the micro that we forget the macro. In other words, we miss the big picture.

I think eating and drinking to the glory of God would involve eating in such a way that we are not gluttonous or given over to drunkenness. Both of those would be considered as sinful behavior. Not being good stewards of the bodies that God has given to us. Does that mean that I must always eat celery and carrots and can never eat Pizza? No, of course not. I can eat all sorts of food for the glory of God.

But let’s go beyond food for just a moment. Does my work glorify God? Am I a good employee? Am I stealing time or other things from my employer? Am I working as if working for the Lord and not for men? Or what about entertainment? Am I dwelling on and feeding my mind with things that are godly or things that are sinful? Should I be embarrassed by the things I watch?

Christianity is not a matter of outward obedience or striving to live in a certain way in order to gain salvation. We can look good on the outside, but our hearts can be far from God. Christianity is striving to live consistently with Scripture and what we say we believe. Acting according to the Spirit instead of the flesh. Let us seek to live in such a way that God may be glorified, and may we enjoy Him forever beginning with the everyday workings of life.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:16-17

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