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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
This verse says to do it all for the glory of God. That means everything. Washing the dishes. Eating dinner. Walking the dog. Raking leaves. Doing homework. Not to mention going to school.
But how do we do these things for God’s glory?
One thing is that you should probably think about how you’re doing everything. Are you being grumpy, or are you being cheerful? Are you eager to serve, or are you reluctant to help? Are you complaining, or are you encouraging? One of the best ways to bring glory to God is to represent Him well with a good attitude. Sometimes chores aren’t that fun to do, but you should still do them with a good attitude and a willing heart.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Challenge: Try to memorize Colossians 3:23 or 1 Corinthians 10:31. Work on applying these verses in your life, and try to have a good attitude.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
As Christians, God calls us to serve one another. We need to use the freedom that Christ has given us to serve others humbly, not using that freedom for sinful purposes. We aren’t slaves to sin anymore; we’re free! We need to use the freedom that God has blessed us with to glorify Him, not glorify ourselves.
Challenge: Serve someone, humbly and in love.
“Hello?” Carolynn called shyly.
The old lady looked up from her cup that had only a few jingling coins in the bottom. “Yes?” she croaked.
“Here,” Carolynn said. She handed the homeless woman a shopping bag stuffed full of groceries. “I thought you might be able to use these.” She’d gone into the store and bought them for the lady when she’d spotted her sitting outside of the store.
The lady grinned. Her teeth were surprisingly white. “Thank you, dearie.” Her voice croaked, but there was something new in it. “Bless her, Lord Jesus.”
From that day on, any time Carolynn was feeling down, she would spot a rainbow in the sky when no one else would see it.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he wil be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Jesus, in Matthew 6:24
Wow, that verse sure packs a powerful punch. “You cannot serve both God and Money.” Sometimes it’s hard to keep from making earning money a goal. Everything these days seems to require money. It’s pretty easy to worship money without realizing it. But this verse also mentions God. We need to focus on God instead of money. So if you ever find yourself thinking too much about money, whether you’re worrying about not having enough or thinking about how much you do have, remember that God is way better than anything else. It’s all his anyway!
Challenge: Spend some time thinking about how you can use some of your money to serve God.