Do All Things for the Glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

A couple of times Paul addresses what he calls disputable matters (Rom. 14:1). These are things that are morally neutral, neither right or wrong. But some people, especially weaker believers, do consider them to be wrong. And for those people, participating in that activity would be wrong (Rom. 14:23). Paul’s concern is that if a weaker believer sees a more mature believer participating in that activity, they might be tempted to participate as well. And it would be sin for them, thus wounding their conscience. So his advice to the mature believer is to abstain from the activity if you suspect it will hurt someone else, leading them into sin.

Do Everything for the Glory of God

While this verse is directed specifically at the issue of disputable matters, I believe it has a much broader application. Paul tells me that whatever I do should be done for the glory of God. In most of what I do I first evaluate the cost of the action and its benefit. This is not generally a long involved process. And sometimes it is even unconscious. But it is something that generally happens nonetheless. What Paul adds here is another factor to consider. Does this action on my part glorify God? If it does not, then maybe I shouldn’t do it.

But that raises the question. How do I know if something glorifies God or not? For instance, when I go out for a run in the morning, is God glorified? That can be hard to answer. But I try and imagine God being physically present with me in the activity; running down the road alongside me. Am I embarrassed to have him beside me? Or can I enjoy fellowship with him as we do this thing? If the former, I should not do it. If the latter, then I believe God is glorified. And I try and use that as a general rule in my life. Do only what I am comfortable doing hand in hand with Jesus.

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4 thoughts on “Do All Things for the Glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31”

  1. If we are led by the spirit of god we will be continually led to the word of god, where the spirit breathes life into those words. Then we can know his will for us moment by moment, letting our heart rule and not our head. Jesus said he gave us a heart to know/believe him. He is a spirit and we have a spirit. This is were he speaks…. that small still voice will guide you in all that you do if you are willing to go. There can be reservations or it will be impossible to hear….pride….self will is all that is. If we are willing to leave our will and follow him, we will know his voice and which way to go. In everything we do. Ultimately glorifying god in all you do….. its all him….and only by him. Your natural mind is an enemy of god.

  2. Thank you for this. I am a runner and your metaphor just clicked. What a simple guide you give to check ourselves with.
    Thank you.


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