Whatever You Do

I have been pondering the passage recently, “Whatever you do, whether you eat or you drink, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31).  What does it mean to do something for the glory of God? It seems like a kind of elusive, idealistic phrase, one that sounds poetic and inspiring, but is not actually attainable in every day life. But, since the concept of our lives glorifying God is one that Scripture is fraught with, I can’t accept that this is just a poetic ideal.

So I ponder, “How do I prepare my class lessons for the glory of God?” And “How do I bathe a sleepy preschooler to the glory of God?” or ” What about washing dishes brings God glory?” And what really gets me thinking is, “How can my day full of the mundane be glorifying to God when viewed next to the pioneer missionary’s day of evangelizing a new people group?”

The obvious answer is attitude. When I love God with my whole heart and my whole being, then every job no matter how mundane becomes an offering of love. Is every job equally important to the building of his kingdom? Most assuredly not, by human standards. But I don’t think “the glory of God” fits anywhere on a scale of human standards. What is amazing to me is that God chooses to receive glory from simple acts. He gives us the opportunity to participate in His glorification, through little day-to-day, mundane chores–an opportunity that I am grieved to admit I often squander.

Desiring to be used of God in dynamic ways to build His kingdom is appropriate. We should long to see God work through us to reach the world in miraculous and powerful ways. But desiring to be used of God in the muck and mire of daily life, is not only appropriate, it is essential.  Our attitude and desire for God every minute of every day, whatever we are doing, is what allows God to work His glory into every situation.


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