Seek to glorify God 3
'Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.' 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
There are two 'whatever' verses in Scripture. Both include the phrase 'whatever you do'. (1) 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). Your goal in life should be to love what you work at, and work at what you love. But that isn't reality at every stage of life. Sometimes you're called to do a good job for a not-so-good company, boss or salary. Thank God you have a job that supplies your needs; there are unemployed people who would switch places with you. (2) 'Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). How do you eat and drink for the glory of God? Paul is using our daily rituals to make an all-encompassing point. Even the most mundane of activities is absolutely miraculous. You take approximately twenty-three thousand breaths every day, but when was the last time you thanked God for one of them? We tend to thank God for things that take our breath away. And that's fine. But maybe we should thank him for every other breath too!
The purpose driven life is described in these words from the Westminster Shorter Catechism: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.' It can't be said any simpler, or any better. We exist for one reason and one reason alone: to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. And you're called to do that in whatever circumstance you find yourself. Any way. Anywhere. Any how.
Soulfood: Joel 1-3 Mk 3:1-6 Ps 56 Pro 10:14-16,