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Devotional - week of November 16, 2003


DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

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

The verse reveals that we mortals—like the heavens—can bring glory to God. We should study it in deep meditation and humility.

The statement is in a passage concerning the believer’s influence. It concerns meat offered to idols. The setting is in the home of an unbeliever. Paul says the believer is to eat whatever is set before him. If someone says, “The meat has been offered to idols,” then for the sake of others, the believer is not to eat the meat.

People often say, “If doing this does not hurt me, there is nothing wrong with it.” The approach of love says, “If this hurts my influence with someone else, I will not do it.”

The real issue, according to Paul, is bringing glory to God. If a believer’s actions cause some to doubt his walk with God, he should cease that action.

Doing “all to the glory of God” also brings into focus things believers should do.

When one takes seriously Paul’s statement “do all to the glory of God,” he knows that God’s will for him is about his total life.

Living out God’s desire that we bring glory to Him, reduces us to a life of continually responding to His leadership.

There may be times when we are in a situation in which we do not know the right action to take or not to take. At such times we need an immediate and clear word from the Lord.

There may be times when we know what the Lord wants us to do or not to do, but we also know that we have neither the wisdom nor the strength to do it.

There is no better way to receive the needed direction, wisdom, and strength than by consciously living under the grace of God. We do so by continually living out the exchanged life.

Knowing that our living out the exchanged life results in glory to God, that life—which is available to all believers—becomes extremely attractive.