31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—33 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. ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’
What may be most remarkable about this is Paul’s last statement, “Follow my example” The self-awareness, confidence and humility that stand behind this statement and offer to invite others to use himself as an example for life is astounding. Looking more closely you see the general statement, “Do it all for the glory of God” – follow my example and the specific, “seeking not my own good but the good of many so they may be saved”. Paul offers an example of a life oriented toward the good of others so that he could be used by the Holy Spirit to bring them into a saving experience with Jesus. Wow! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the launch of a new year, especially for those who need a second chance and the courage to begin again.