Updated: Nov 19, 2019
I was thinking: so often we compartmentalize our lives; subconsciously most of us are guilty of separating the “spiritual” and “non-spiritual” aspects of our daily business. Reading the Bible, prayer, evangelism, church meetings on one side, and work, family, our finances, and all the hum-drum, take-for-granted, gotta-be-done activities of life (like shopping, cooking, cleaning) on the other. Or am I the only one who’s ever done that?!
It’s understandable that we should (all) do that (at times) – without even giving it much thought. The danger with approaching life that way, though, is that we can begin to view the spiritual as acts of worship and everything else as of no great consequence – a million miles from a means of worshiping God.
Yet God desires, demands and deserves to be worshiped, all the time, in every way in our hearts and minds and motivations.
Consider 1 Corinthians 10:31- “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that in conclusion to a debate on what Christian freedom permits us to do. He points out that freedom in Christ allows us to do many things but it also enables us not to do things we shouldn’t. How we exercise our freedom is a matter of conscience but we should always aim to align ourselves with God’s character in everything; to reflect Him, to keep the focus on Him. The reason for this is because we were not only made by Him but FOR Him – for His glory. Basically we are free to know His glory and to live for His glory.
It would be a terrible shame if we missed the point of our freedom - wouldn’t it – given the sheer depth of opportunity and privilege we’ve been granted in knowing and reflecting the glory of the Almighty.
It stands to reason then (if we follow Paul’s argument) that EVERYTHING we do – whether we class it as spiritual or non-spiritual – should be done to the glory of God who created us and called us in Christ Jesus. Glorifying God is our primary calling – no matter what we are doing at any stage of the day. Our attitudes are just as important as our choices in how we spend our time.
Washing the car, cleaning up sick, putting out the rubbish, chopping onions, or pushing a trolley around Tesco’s (other supermarkets are available - obviously) are still ways we can bring glory to God if our hearts and minds are in the right place. We must look to Him and be open to His Spirit to help us manifest perseverance and love and humility and kindness and self-discipline and integrity in mission and in the mundane; in sharing our testimonies and in peeling potatoes; in our public lives as well as our private lives.
Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost For His Highest: “Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow concerns of life are not ordained of God; they are as much of God as the profound. It is not your devotion to God that makes you refuse to be shallow, but your wish to impress other people with the fact that you are not shallow. Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby. Our safeguard is in the shallow things. We have to live the surface common-sense life in a common-sense way. The tendency is to look for the marvellous in our experience; but another thing to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying attention to us. It takes God’s Spirit in us to make us so His, that we are unnoticeable.”
That’s the devotional message of the song, “Do Everything”, by from Steven Curtis Chapman (see link below). No matter what you are doing, do everything for the glory of God!
Let’s mediate on this wonderful truth, pray it into our life approach – and enjoy the song!