All glory to God (3)
How do we live for God’s glory? There are two ‘whatever’ verses in Scripture. The first one is this: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men’ (Colossians 3:23 NIV). It’s a great goal to love what you work at, and work at what you love. But that isn’t reality at every stage of life. Sometimes you’re called to do a good job for a not-so-good company, boss, or salary. The way to find ‘working with all your heart’ in those stages of life is by thanking God that you have a job to supply your needs, and that you can work at it as if for Him. And the second whatever: ‘Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ How do you eat and drink for the glory of God? Paul is using our daily rituals to make a huge point. Even the most mundane of activities is absolutely miraculous. You take approximately twenty-three thousand breaths every day. With each breath, five-hundred million air sacs in your lungs fill up. But when was the last time you thanked God for one of them? We tend to thank God for things that take our breath away. And that’s fine. But maybe we should thank Him for every other breath too. There’s a life of meaning and purpose in these words from the Westminster Catechism: ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.’ It can’t be said any simpler, or any better. We exist for one reason: to make our lives count for God’s glory, and to find wonder and joy in Him forever.
Is life pretty tough right now? How can you get creative in enjoying God and glorifying Him?