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Read: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (v. 31)
We tend to segment our service to God. That is, we think, When I volunteer at the soup kitchen, then I am honoring God. And of course that’s true. But you don’t just honor God when you work at the soup kitchen. You also honor God when you work in your own kitchen. Every daily duty, every task, can and should be done as a gift to God. In Sunday worship, people put their gifts in the offering plate. But that’s just money, and it’s all God’s money to begin with.
Everything we do can be considered an offering unto God—the way you do your job, the way you tend your garden, the way you handle sickness. I can remember, when I was a boy, how my mother would say that one’s posture—simply the way you sit or stand—is done to the glory of God. At the time I thought that was a preposterous idea. But increasingly, as the years have gone by, I’ve thought that Mom was right. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” said Paul.
On your next visit to the Lotz home be sure to notice the painted wooden plaque that hangs on the wall in the kitchen: “Fulfill each daily duty as beneath the eye of God . . . Simply, Zealously, Cheerfully, Completely.” Think about that. And sit up straight. —Lou Lotz
As you pray, be mindful that we honor God in life’s ordinary tasks.
Read: Philippians 4:10-20 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (v. 13) Sometimes I am not at all content with life. I find myself thinking that if only I didn’t have a disability, life would be much
Read: Matthew 6:5-15 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (v. 6) The most difficult problem
Read: Psalm 119:9-16 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (vv. 15-16) If you look at my Bible, you will see that
Read: Matthew 7:13-23 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard
Read: Acts 17:22-31 . . . nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (v. 25) No crying filled the delivery room when I
Read: Revelation 21:21-27 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (v. 9 NIV) Do
Read: Colossians 1:9-14 Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (v. 12) There is a lot to be learned about inheritance from the Bible. The ESV translation uses
Read: 2 Corinthians 11:12-15 Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. (vv. 14-15) These days, I can see how as an “intelligent” youth, I