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


Leading up to this verse, Paul gives guidance to the believers in Corinth under what circumstances it was okay to dine with unbelievers. For example, if it was known the meat was the result of a pagan sacrifice, they shouldn't eat; otherwise, it was okay. What should be of more importance was whether they were to eat or not eat; it should please God.


At first, this might seem like it is only about dietary restrictions, but it goes deeper to the "whatever" -- do all things. In Romans 12:2, Paul writes, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." As Christ's followers, we must go into the world to spread his message to unbelievers. Remember the children's song about hiding our lights under a bushel?


Sometimes, this means going into an uncomfortable situation to bring the light into the darkness. However, there can be danger in this. There is the potential of getting caught in the sin we are rebuffing. That is where the glory of God comes in; we don't put God to the test but go as he directs, knowing the mind of God. We know his mind by prayer, listening to the Holy Spirit, and looking to the example of Jesus.


Gracious God, we pray for your guidance today in all things. May all we speak and do be for your glory. Bless us as we carry your message of hope to others that they may see and hear. We pray this in the name of your wholly divine and wholly son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim


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