1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
The main point of this verse is found in the last part of the verse namely: “do all to the glory of God”. The word “to” here carries with the sense of purpose. Do all for the purpose of bringing glory to God. The word “all” means anything you do without exception. Every single thing that you do, must be done in order to bring glory to God. Paul qualifies the word “all” in the first part of the verse. Paul says in whether we eat or drink, and most importantly, he says or “whatever we do”. This includes everything and anything we do. There is nothing not included in the phrase “whatever we do”. From the basic things of life like eating and drinking to whatever else we do, all those things that we do must all be done in order to bring glory to God. To bring glory to God means for His name to be honored.
What are we being taught in this scripture: We are taught that whatever we do from the basic things in life to everything else, all that we do, must be done in order to bring honour to the name of our God. How we conduct our lives, how we live our lives, what we think, what we feel, the decisions that we make, and the actions that we take, everything, in our lives, must bring honour to God. This includes things we do in public or in secret. This includes things we do at work, at home, in church, at sporting events, at whatever location. This includes how we relate to other people, our spouses, our children, our parents, our fellow employees, fellow saints, how we relate to elders at home and in the church, how we relate to authorities whether local or national, how we relate to public servants, traffic officials, taxi drivers, fellow road users. Ho we relate to all these people including politicians, must be to the glory of God. It must at all times bring honour to God. Others must praise God because of you.
Am I obeying this command: Just think back as far as you can remember. Think about the interactions you had with other people. Would you say that those people that you interacted with, are praising God because of the way you interacted with them? Do you think that your behaviour or conduct was God honouring? How about the last month, last week? How about today? Have you honoured God in what you think, what you feel, the decisions that you made, and the actions that you took? Only you can answer this question honestly. Remember that God sees what is in your heart. If you know you have not acted in a God honouring way, then stop now, confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness before you continue reading.
What do I need to change in my life in order to obey this command: Now there may be things in your life that you need to deal with that prevents you from living a life that is God honouring. There may be things in your life standing in the way of you honouring God with your life. Only you know what causes you to disobey this command. Pray to the Lord right now, to ask Him to give you the wisdom to identify and remove all that prevents you from honouring Him with your life. If you are an unbeliever, then Jesus Christ is who you need. If you repent and put your trust in Him, you will be saved. Your prayer should be God please have mercy on me a sinner and grant me the gift of repentance and faith. Do it now, before it is too late.
May the Lord have mercy on all of us. May He grant us the grace to obey Him from the heart. May He rant us the grace to honour Him in everything we do. Amen