1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
This week, I have been thinking about how we can glorify and please God in our daily activities and work. I believe that everything we do during the course of our day can please and glorify God. For those of us who work, we can glorify God through our labor, and by completing every task with the knowledge that God is pleased with our efforts. When we work to please God and not humans, our work can take on an entirely different meaning.
Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, is very familiar with how our work can be pleasing and glorifying to God. Paul was a church builder, a preacher/pastor, and a tentmaker. Paul, upon arriving in Corinth, met two fellow believers, Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who also made tents for a living (Acts 18:3). Making tents was how Paul supported himself. He wisely understood that any task we perform can bring glory to our creator who takes pleasure in all our efforts.
All of us can glorify God in many other ways throughout the course of our day. As we are out in God’s world, we can smile and say a kind word to a friend or even a stranger that needs to experience the love and mercy of God. Each of us can make a difference in the life of someone, if we will allow God to lead us and open our hearts, to be compassionate to others. The next time you are in the grocery store, the hardware store, or the drug store, be aware of those around you and allow God to use you to glorify Him.
As we go about our ordinary daily lives, we can glorify God by giving Him praise during the course of our day. Throughout my day, I often acknowledge and thank God for those moments in which I feel His presence. This helps me to be more aware and mindful of God and that makes me want to share the love of Christ with those that I encounter. Even during challenging moments, I trust that God is with me and will guide me through. We must learn to thank and praise God during good times and during difficult times. Hebrews 13:15-16: Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Think about how you can glorify God in the work that you do or in any other aspect of your daily life. Live each moment with the awareness that, whatever you are doing, you are doing it for the glory of God. You may be collecting trash, picking up children from school, talking with a friend who is hurting and struggling, working in your yard or doing housework. Whatever it is that you are doing, you can glorify God by doing it well and by offering your work as a sacrifice to God.