Giving glory to the Lord
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Whatever you do in life, do it all for God’s Glory. We should work as for the Lord and take deep consideration on what careers we pick or what we are put into. We should make choices that are pleasing to the Lord and these types of choices will help direct us towards the work God has called us to do and what gives Him the most glory. “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3). When we choose to do work that is pleasing and that glorifies the Lord, then as we commit our works to Him, He will then establish our ways and thoughts to keep us from veering off in the wrong direction.
The question most often asked at this point is, what work is pleasing to the Lord? Some work is pretty self-explanatory, like being a stripper or being a teacher, which one do you think glorifies the Lord? Some work is more vague and requires more prayer and meditation to truly decipher what is pleasing or not; work like competitive sports is a commonly asked topic. When faced with an area like competitive sports, one must take time to be still and truly listen to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart concerning this particular area of interest. As Paul spoke about in Corinthians that somethings are clean for one person, while for another it may not be. In this case it is completely dependant upon the conviction of the Holy Spirit on each individual.
The next way to truly understand if a particular career or area of interest is correct for you is also located in Corinthians in which Paul addresses the different functions of the body of Christ, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12). As I stated above, that we should still ourselves to truly be in-tune with the Spirit of God and to truly understand what spiritual gifts we possess and in what area we should apply them. “Be Still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10). Some people are made to teach, others are made to sing, while others are meant to compete in professional sports, but whatever God has called you to do does not make you any more or less important than another as we are all one and the same in the body of Christ. “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.” (1 Corinthians 12:4,5)
Now the final spectrum we will focus on is that in whatever gift you have been blessed with, how do you use this particular gift to please and glorify God? I can not emphasis enough on the notion of stilling yourself and really listening to what God is revealing to you. No matter how much we try and keep ourselves busy and try and calculate whether something is glorifying God or not, if you do not still yourself and listen, you will only be shooting in every direction while hoping you have hit a small target. When we still ourselves and ask the Lord to reveal to us His will and His gifts He has given us, then our eyes are opened and our thoughts are established in the Lord. Read His Word, pray with thanksgiving, and be still before the Lord and watch Him fill you with wisdom and understanding that is literally out of this world.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Prayer: Dear Lord God, Jesus Christ, please reveal your will for my life to me oh Lord. Help know where to go and what to do for You. Show me thy ways Lord, establish my thoughts and ways before You. Help me know what my spiritual gifts are today and help me use those gifts to glorify You to the utmost. Thank you Lord God, Jesus Christ, I love you more than anything and all praise, glory and thanks be to Your name. Amen.