1 Corinthians 10:31-33
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God — even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
Everything we do — even seemly commonplace actions — should glorify God. This is for the love of God, but also for the love of others.
In this letter to the Corinthian church, Paul reminds us that whatever we are doing, we should think how it can bring glory to God. Everything we do as believers is observed by non-believers. Often, whatever they see us do is what they think God has told us to do. That is, after all, what we profess as Christ followers. We tell others that we have asked Jesus to be Lord and leader of our lives. So of course, our behavior will influence what people believe about God.
Because we love God and long to please Him, we do try and bring honor to His name. This is for our good, to strengthen our relationship with our Father. But bringing glory to God is an incredibly important element of loving others. When we show how great an impact God has had on our lives, we are encouraging others to start a relationship with Him. This is for their good. Everything we do, each and every day, can express our love for God and for others.
Can you think of people who are watching how you behave? Children, co-workers, neighbors? Are there some things you could stop doing to bring more glory to God’s name? What are some things you should start doing?
Lord God, I love you and hope that I show that love to You every day. Help me to remember that showing that love to You is also being seen by others and makes an impression on them. Show me things to do or stop doing that will be good for stirring faith in those I live and work with each day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Submitted by: Dianne Novak