“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1Cor. 10:31.
The word, whatsoever, does not leave much wiggle room. It is a word the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear this morning as I considered the post “Desire” I shared yesterday, for I had lost focus of my own desire for a moment, no, I should say God’s desire for me. He desires to use me and each of His children for His glory. Anything less than whatsoever limits the focus of His glory in our lives.
“Whatsoever ye do, do all…” “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1Peter 4:11.
“…to the glory of God.” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16.
To give God glory is to shine forth who He is, His character, that which makes Him the God He is. It s to live as He lives and speak as He speaks. Our Father gave us the ultimate example in God the Son, Jesus Christ.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
“…Jesus said unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:28-29.
“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” John 12:49-50.
“I can of mine own self do nothing…” John 5: 30a. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” John 6:38.
Jesus left us an example to follow, an example of a life lived for the glory of the Father, when it is easy and when it is not. And like Jesus, we say, “I can of mine own self do nothing…” but “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13.
My prayer today, comes from a favorite song of a youth group I led some years back, “Shine Jesus Shine” by Graham Kendrick. May it be yours, as well.
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me try me consume all my darkness
Shine on me shine on me.