31 So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God.
It is one of those inclusive statements where the meaning is hard to miss, “Whatever you do, “In everything you do” “Anything you do” do it all to the glory of God. In all that we do make it a praise to God aligned with his character and nature and His expressed will and purpose. Before this “all-purpose” statement is the statement, “Whether you eat or drink” in other words the writer moved from the specific to the general. Let’s not miss the specifics here. Some Christians were deeply troubled by things that their fellow Christians were eating, foods offered in pagan rituals, Can we eat these or no? It’s about connecting to the heart of God for each situation. I value my freedom, which is a gift from God, but I value the work of grace in someone else’s life even more. Think of it as “re-gifting”; the grace I received I re-wrap and give to you (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What stands out to you in this passage and why?
- What would it look like if Christ-followers totally applied this truth (or obeyed this principle) in their lives today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for a renewed sense of God’s Presence. Allow yourself to stop and acknowledge God’s presence – pray “Holy Spirit Come ”.