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If you had to think back through your day today, if you were honest, what would you say was the most important thing to you today?
In other words, what did you wake up thinking about and maybe are still thinking about right now? What did you spend most of your time and your energy doing today? What consumed your thoughts, your time and your energy today?
Maybe it was a sick kid at home. Maybe it was a presentation or project at work that has just consumed all your time and your energy. Maybe it was your marriage or your kids. Maybe it was buying or selling your house. But if you were honest, what would you say was THE most important thing to you today?
Prior to going into vocational ministry, I worked for an insurance company. It was a job I loved, and a few of us had kind of a “battle cry” that we lived by that motivated us and energized us. What we would say was, “Everything I do, I do for Diamond” (the company I worked for). It was our way of expressing our enthusiasm and excitement about what we were doing, and about the fact that we loved what we did.
We all have those times, those moments in life, when our lives are consumed by different things. We can be consumed by school, going to college, our kids, our kids’ sports, dating, getting married, having a kid, building a new house, etc. Those are moments in life when, if we are honest, we would have to say “Everything I do, I do for (you fill in the blank).”
With that said, a few months ago, God kind of smacked me in the face with a verse that I have probably read 100 times before. It’s a verse that so many times I just blew past. But for whatever reason, this time, God really “slammed on the brakes” for me with this verse. And it’s been a verse that has been continually rolling over in my mind during the past several months. The verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Whatever you do…that is the phrase that just continually jumps out at me…whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.
Now, it’s not like that’s a new or novel concept to me. But what has become so challenging to me is the HOW. How do you actually do this? What would it actually look like if everything we did, we did it all to the glory of God? What would it look like if we did that in our homes, as husbands and wives, as parents, at work or in the community? What would it look like? In other words, how could we reflect Jesus more in our lives? How could we show more grace and love? How can we have more patience, live more gently, live more passionately?
Maybe, for some of us as husbands, it means we need to truly embrace what scripture tells us about loving our wives as Christ loved the church – to love them sacrificially. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus. Maybe, as teenagers, we need to honor our father and mother by obeying them and respecting them. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
Maybe, we need to live a life of greater integrity at work, and not cut corners. Or maybe, we need to work harder and be more dedicated to our jobs. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
Maybe we need to stop worrying so much. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
Maybe we need to take some food over, or just talk or listen, to our neighbor who we know is struggling right now. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
Maybe we need to spend more REAL time with our kids – actually talking to them instead of yelling at them. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
Maybe we need to be more intentional about talking about our faith with our friends and family. Maybe we need to step out of our comfort zone and finally share our faith, or invite that co-worker or friend or neighbor to church. Why? Because everything we do, we do for Jesus.
“So whether you eat or drink or WHATEVER you do, do it all for the glory of God.” What is it that you need to start doing right now to legitimately say, “Everything I do, I do for Jesus”?