Whatever You Do
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
The Westminster Catechism begins with the question, “What is the chief and highest end of man?” This question essentially asks what the purpose of mankind’s existence is. Why do we exist? Why did God create us and form us? There could be a number of answers given that would be accurate, but because the catechism signifies “chief” and “highest” in the question, it allows for only one answer. The answer provided in the catechism is, “Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever.” These are not two answers, but one. We exist to glorify God with our lives and enjoy Him forever.
This catechism is derived from the teaching of the Bible. This isn’t some group of theologians’ ideas about the chief and highest end of man. The Bible teaches us this answer. We see it in our passage today. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Paul highlights eating, drinking, or whatever we do. This is an interesting description. Eating and drinking are the most basic things human beings do each day. We often think about bringing God glory through our lives with extravagant activities and accomplishments. But Paul shows us that it is much simpler. We glorify God in our eating and drinking. These simple tasks and activities can be used to glorify God. How? By doing them with joy, recognizing they are gifts from God. Thankfulness and gratitude for their availability, their pleasure, and their nourishment.
But notice that Paul includes “whatever you do.” This means that everything is an opportunity to glorify God and enjoy Him. We can do it at work, with our hobbies, in our cleaning the house, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, and endless other examples.
Everything is an opportunity to bring glory to the One who made us. Everything is an opportunity for enjoying God with gratitude and thankfulness in our hearts.
Commit to do this in your life.
Not only will God be glorified in and through it, but your soul will fill with joy as you make the glory of God the highest aim of your life.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why do you think Paul lists eating and drinking as his examples for bringing God glory?
- What are the different things you do each day that could be refocused or reimagined to bring God glory?
- How will today’s devotional and passage help you to walk closer with the Lord?
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