1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:8-9 “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”
Yesterday we talked about true discipleship, being holy (set aside solely for God’s purposes). To be disciples, we must consecrate our lives to Jesus Christ. This means that whatever we do, we do it for His glory. But, what exactly does that mean? Do we have to be one of those people whose every other phrase is ‘glory to God!’ or ‘praise God’ or ‘Thank you Jesus!’? I once met a woman in a restaurant for coffee – she wouldn’t order until she had prayed (loudly) for God to tell her what to get, and then again (loud enough for everyone in the place to hear) “Thank you Jesus, for my hot chocolate! Glory to God! Hallelujah!”
Please understand me – I am NOT against asking Him for guidance when you need it, nor am I against thanking Him for what He provides. But somehow, from the looks of the others in the restaurant, I definitely didn’t get the feeling this was a good way to get people to want to draw closer. Although it may have helped the place in its hot cocoa sales – it must have been really good cocoa!
No, you don’t need to be one of those. God has designed you in a unique way, with the gifts and personality to reach a certain type of people. Some of you are extroverts, and publicly declaring your faith is what fits you. Not only that, but there are people out there who are uniquely designed to respond to that in a positive way. Others are the complete opposite. You will only be comfortable sharing your faith with one person at a time, privately, and only after you develop a relationship of trust with that person. That’s OK too, that will be exactly the kind of witness that person needs.
The question of how to glorify God in all we do has a simple answer – carrying it out may be a bit harder. The answer is, simply, to do everything you do in a way that is pleasing to God. Once you take His name – call yourself a Christian – you become a representative of Him. Sort of like an ambassador to the world. You are, according to the Bible, a part of His body on earth. What you do reflects directly on Him, just as any part of your body cannot act independently. For example, if someone makes an obscene gesture, no one thinks ‘what a bad hand!’, or if a handshake, no one thinks ‘that hand sure is friendly’. The body part is taken as representative of the person to whom it belongs.
The harder part – carrying it out – is only more difficult because in order to know what pleases God, you have to know God. This brings us right back to the critical need to have a deep personal relationship with Him, to read His Word, to talk to Him in prayer. To listen when He speaks to you.
Today when you pray, why not ask His Holy Spirit to fill you, to be so close that you can feel when you’re thinking about doing something wrong – or right. He will let you know what pleases Him. You just need to ask – and listen.