“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31
On Sunday we studied the spiritual practice of worship. Worship is your response to who God is and what God has done in your life. The goal we set out was to worship God daily–not just on Sundays. This verse from 1 Corinthians provide an avenue for us to do this. All that you do, do it for the glory of God. Let’s break that down…
Every conversation you have…with you co-workers, with your friends, with your spouse, with your kids–have every conversation for the glory of God. If glorifying God was the goal of your conversations, would that change what you say?
Personally, when my kids are misbehaving, it is hard to talk with them while still glorifying God. This verse reminds me that, while difficult, it is not impossible for every conversation to be for God’s glory. When my kids clog the drain with plastic hair ties because of a misguided experiment (yes, I’m talking from experience), I can glorify God if I approach that conversation with patience and grace. Yes, there will still be a consequence. But the discipline will come from love–not anger.
Do everything for the glory of God.
Every thought that you have…about how you view yourself, what you think about other people, your hopes, dreams and fears; may every thought glorify God.
I know, I know…this one is going to take some work. But believe me, we can train our minds to become more focused on God throughout the day. Begin by simply being aware of your thoughts. Often thoughts come and go without our noticing. Grow in awareness of your thought patterns and then deliberately begin using your thoughts to glorify God.
Gratitude is a great way to do this. When I approach each day thankful for what God has given me, I am much more likely to glorify God with my mind.
Every choice you make…the big, life altering choices of career and family as well as the small, mundane choices of daily living–make every choice for the glory of God.
We make hundreds of choices every day. Some are deliberate and others subconscious. May we begin to pause before we make a decision. Pause and ask, “How can I glorify God through the choice I am about to make?” May your whole life become an expression of worship to God.
See you on Sunday!