So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
In one of his seminars, John Piper pointed out that there are two significant Bible verses that define sin. Today’s verse is one of them. Unless we do “all to the glory of God,” we sin—we “miss the mark” for why everything exists, including eating and drinking. The other verse is: “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). Unless we act “from faith,” we sin.
Here we’ve two verses that clearly define sin—what it means for anyone to miss the goal for why one exists and for why everything exists. The glory of God is not just about the major things in life, creation and salvation, it’s also found in the most “normal” things like eating and drinking. These two verses also teach us that basically anything can either be right or wrong. We can either eat or drink “from faith” and to God’s glory, or we do not. The most “normal” things in life can add to our guilt.
Why does it seem so severe, one might ask? Does it mean that I can do very noble act—give generously to charity—but unless it’s “from faith” and to God’s glory, it’s sin? That’s true, unless we want to erase these two verses. Such reasoning highlights the fact that we don’t truly realize that God’s glory is of infinite worth and anything that’s not done for His glory demeans Him.
If we’re honest, we have to confess that many times we don’t (consciously) do things for His glory. Or, if we do them, we do them with a far lesser passion and zeal than He deserves. That’s why Paul said: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
Here’s the good news. God has designed our salvation in such a way that His glory is fully related to what He does. Paul referred to that as follows: “To the praise of his glorious grace.” Our salvation is fully rooted in God’s grace and everything that flows from this root is to God’s glory.
Peter stated that as follows: “Whoever serves, as one who served by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may by glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). Unless God is the Giver, He’s not glorified. It has to flow from the Vine! That’s the totality of the gospel. Therefore, for us to “do all to the glory of God” also means that it must come from Him.
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