Called for God’s glory
For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 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. 1 Corinthians 10:29-33
From the text, the Apostle Paul provided a great summary as to what should characterize the Christian life. In verse 31 he said, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” This is what every area of Christian life should look like, a reflection of what glorifies God. This is not easy to do but God who is rich in grace has provided us all we need so we could live the life He called us to live by. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith” (Colossians 2:6-7). How do you determine whether a particular action glorifies God or not? There is one thing that Jesus commanded every believer has to do. Jesus said, “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16). Your action should cause others to praise the heavenly Father who you claim you follow and believed. This is what brings glory to God and an incentive for you to live your life. Neglect of this command will mean a lost in opportunity to be a witness in His Name and the opportunity to live your life based on His calling. When you think of what God has done for your life in the past, and His constant working in your life in the present, your attitude is to live your life as an expression of your gratitude to His faithfulness. This is what David realized God wanted him to do. “Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23). It is offering to Him your praise and thanks that will lead you to live your life wanting to glorify Him and honor Him in everything that you do. Fill your hearts with the goodness and greatness of God and His Spirit working through you will let others see the salvation of God that is in you through your actions. God called us for His purpose and for His glory. “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:7).
Noel De Guzman