October 30, 2017

Living for God’s Glory

1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

—  1 Corinthians 10:31

In his discussion on Christian freedom, the apostle Paul touches on some important principles for following Jesus. While emphasizing our personal freedom in Christ, he urges that we respect where others are in their spiritual maturity. Embedded in this discussion is the most important principle for Christian living: in everything we do, we are to live for God’s glory.

The Westminster Shorter Cate­chism lays out this lasting principle using the question “What is the chief end of man?” And it answers with a timeless, bedrock declaration: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

Though we have all been created to glorify God, because of our sin and rebellion against him we live only to glorify and enjoy ourselves. And the ­tyranny of self-glorification brings us no enjoyment, just unending misery.

But, praise God, when we’ve been saved by grace through faith, the Holy Spirit begins to reorient our lives, nudging, prompting, stirring us to live not for ourselves but for God. And as we grow in glorifying our Lord and Savior, we discover our true, lasting joy and purpose in God alone.

Whatever you do today—from the most mundane chore to making the most weighty decision—do it all for God’s glory.

By your grace, Father, help us to grow in knowing and loving you and those around us. For only in glorifying you do we fully discover whom you made us to be. Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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