I have to say that in New Jersey where most public schools end around the end of June I treasure the week or two of extra summer that my Christian school gives us by ending closer to mid-June. Except that it also means we have finals a week or two earlier than everyone else. You can’t have summer without suffering through finals.
So in my head this week’s post will probably be a bit shorter because I do have studying to get back to but we’ll see how it goes.
What I wanted to write about today is based off this verse, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV). This is a pretty common verse and I don’t know about you but I’ve been reading it wrong my whole life. Usually I read this and think “Okay, so glorify God so other people see Him through me. Easier to say than do but simple enough to understand.”
This verse says more than that though, because doesn’t it say “whatever you do”? But not everything we do is seen by other people… who, then, are we glorifying God for?
The answer is, God!
This verse isn’t telling us to do everything for the glory of God (though this is an important part of how we live as well). This verse tells us to do everything to the glory of God. As in, project our lives to the living God whose awe-striking, fear-inducing glory blinds us as He sees not only everything we do but also everything we think and feel.
We live our lives pointing towards, aiming at, fixed on the glory of God because He created us to be glorifying to Him not for others’ salvation, but for His divine person to receive even the smallest fraction of the worship it deserves.
1 Corinthians 10:31 doesn’t tell us to face the world and talk about how great God is. It tells us to face God and not look back, to live our whole lives facing Him and Him alone because that’s what He deserves.
Trust me, this is when your life is the most effective for witnessing. The world will notice the scattered backs of heads and check to see what anyone could be so enthralled by that its flashiest neon signs and brightest phone screens are ineffective at distraction or diversion.
That is what we were created for. Doing all to the glory of God because it’s the least we can do for the King of kings and Lord of lords. The fact that people notice that kind of faith and are drawn to the God who it’s in is an added bonus for His kingdom.