What Does 1 Corinthians 10:31 Mean?

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

Although in context this verse reminds us not to fall into legalism by imposing non-scriptural rules and regulations upon ourselves or others, about what we can or can't eat - or what we should or should not drink - in its wider application this is a life-challenge to all believers.

This verse reminds us that everything we do should be done to the glory of God. And whether we find ourselves to be alone or in the company of others – whether we are thrust into the business of every-day life or quietly confined in the isolation of a sick-bed, our attitudes and actions should be such that they are a positive reflection of God's glory.

But there is a third reason that whatever we do should be done to the glory of God, and this verse reminds us that it is connected with a loving concern for brothers and sisters in Christ, who are weaker in the faith, may find that their consciences prohibit them from practicing something, which although quite “lawful”, could cause them to stumble in their Christian walk. How important that we who have a clear conscience in such issues, should not flaunt our freedom in Christ in such a way that it causes them to stumble, or to become confused in the Christian walk – and so we read that even in this: whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

Whether immersed in the drudgery of daily chores or quietly watching the television set, we should do all to the glory of God. Whatever we do during the day or the whatever activities we engage in during the night-time hours, should be carried out for His praise and glory. If we find ourselves in difficulties or when we engage in some leisure time. it should always be glorifying to the Lord.

Whether we find ourselves in the first flush of youth or if we have advanced into the twilight years of old age - ALL that we are and all the choices we make should be for His glory. All the thoughts of our minds and all the motives of our hearts should be an open book - so that when read by others, our life proclaims ALL to the glory of God.

My Prayer

Oh Lord my God, how I long to be one whose life is a living testimony to Your grace and whose only desire is to live my life to glorify You. Take my life Lord and may Your will be done in all I say and do today. Use me as a vessel to Your praise and glory - in such a way that You increase, and I decrease - until it is Christ, living in and through me, to His praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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