Monday, July 29, 2013

Glorifying God in Everything

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

This passage in 1 Corinthians tells us that whatever we do we are to do it to the glory of God. It specifically lists eating and drinking as those are two things that we all do daily. The point is that in all things and all places we are to glorify God and if we cannot then it is probably pointing to something you should not be doing or a place that you should not be.

Does this passage include all of the daily mundane task of life? Yes. Does this passage include my mindless forms of entertainment? Yes. Then, how does one know how or what will glorify God? Simply, look to Jesus as your example. 

Over the weekend I had a brief exchange with a couple of guys via FaceBook mainly because one guy directly implied that Jesus would not be found in movie theaters or concert venues so that neither should his true followers. I do not know this guy personally and can agree that there are certain movies and concerts that followers of Jesus should not attend, but he wrote it as a blanket statement for all moves and all concerts. In a sense, that the actual place is evil, regardless what movie or what concert one is partaking.

This guy is obviously not looking to Jesus because he wrote things into the life of Jesus that are not there are do not characterize Jesus. Would Jesus have gone to the movies? I cannot say for sure, but likely yes, especially if sinners were to be found there because we often see Jesus hanging around sinners. Would Jesus have attended concerts? Maybe he did, I don't know if they had concerts as we think of them today but I am sure Jesus was part of the cultural appropriate forms of entertainment and took part in a way that he never once sinned. 

Does this mean as Christians we all have a license to go everywhere? No, as this also would not be wise and some Christians are weaker than others. Some followers of Christ maybe shouldn't go to the movies as it can be a stumbling block and struggle for them. Some maybe shouldn't go to certain types of concerts as it may remind them of their former life and tempt them to sin. But we cannot make a blanket statement like this man. 

John Piper points out two helpful points here:

1. You and I were made for the express purpose of glorifying God in all times, and places, and circumstances. 

2. Everything in life is an opportunity to glorify God or not to glorify God

So, whether we go to movies or attend concerts, or whatever we do, do all to the glory of God!

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