Monday, 18 November 2013

Whatever You Do

" So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
1Corinthians 10:31

I have referenced this verse often.  My approach to marriage counseling is built on this verse as a platform for transformation.  Now I think this verse is perfectly clear.  For I am never in doubt as to whether something I say, or don’t say; or something I do or don’t do is glorifying to God.  There is never a doubt in my mind when my tone of voice or my body language conveys something that is not honoring to the Lord.

I must admit however that some people would like something a little more directive so here goes:

(1)   Don’t do anything that will hurt you.  Understand that you are at once a child of God and a representative of the living Jesus Christ.  If you do things that are harmful to you, i.e. continue in an addictive behavior, etc. you are not a good reflection on the King of Kings.  Your witness as a lamb of God is tainted.

(2)   Don’t do anything that will hurt someone else.  It stands to reason that if hurting yourself grieves the Spirit it will also grieve Him when you do something or say something that hurts someone else.  Nor does it matter whether or not the person you hurt is a brother or sister in Christ.  We are all children of God.

(3)   Don’t be mastered by anything or anybody (other than Christ).  If something masters you, you serve it like a slave.  We can become a slave to power, to wealth, or to possessions.   Some of us have become mastered by our kids or yielded to temptations that control us.
Your Master?
The three categories listed above are from Andy Stanley’s series entitled “Christian”.  I think they make the phrase “to glorify God” very understandable.  Surely we know if we are doing something that is harmful to ourselves whether it is smoking, drinking too much, working too much, watching pornography, etc.

Sometimes it is a little more difficult to determine if we are doing something that will ultimately hurt someone else.  For instance some of us who are people pleasers become enablers.  This is to the detriment of those who need to experience boundaries.  Some of us smother our children, refusing to let them grow up, etc.
If I haven’t meddled in your personal life thus far, perhaps the third category will push you over the edge.  In the US it is very easy to become mastered by any number of things.  Be honest with yourself.  Look at your time management and your finances, two of many good barometers of whether or not you are being mastered. 

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