“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10:31
Revealed in this Scripture is one of the most important principles of life. It has to do with our activities, and also with why we do the things we do. It takes into consideration our motives and purpose. How important is it that our lives bring glory to God? This is one of the great distinctions between sincere believers and the typical unsaved person. Those who are lost have little regard for God or for what He might think. Their chief aim in life is personal satisfaction. As children of God, our objectives and motivations, as well as our pursuits, are different from those of the world. We are concerned that our Savior be praised and honored because of His goodness and gracious work in our lives. We want our lives to bring glory to Him.
If it is true that our lives can glorify the Lord, it is also true that our lives can bring shame, disgrace, or reproach to the name of our Savior. Some very basic, and yet revealing, questions that we might ask about decisions and activities would be, “Would this glorify God? Would my music, television, or other forms of entertainment glorify God? How about my friends, hobbies, dress, and priorities? Would God be honored with my thoughts and conversations?” One of the reasons we were created is to bring glory to God. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11). We want to see Him glorified because it is our responsibility.
If we are not living to glorify God, we are missing out on one of our chief purposes in life. This is one explanation for the great dissatisfaction in the lives of many people. They are living for selfish reasons or ambitions, and not for the sake of being pleasing to the Lord. We should also seek to glorify God because of all that He has done for us. I Corinthians 6:20 tells us, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” It is only reasonable that we should want to live in such a way as to bring Him glory. It is not unusual for people to go through their daily routine, including acts of spiritual service, and forget the ultimate purpose for our existence. In all that we say and do, we should desire to bring Him glory.