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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: 2 Kings 2:23-25 Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead! (v. 23) This story definitely was not in my family’s Bible storybook! It’s often seen as an embarrassment, especially when we imagine 42 innocent schoolboys being mauled because
Read: 1 Samuel 17:1-54 For the battle is the LORD’s. (v. 47) David and Goliath featured prominently in my children’s Bible storybook. David was a boy, after all, and Goliath a giant, a familiar figure in children’s literature. When I
Read: Joshua 2:1-12 I know that the LORD has given you the land. (v. 9) Sometimes it takes hundreds of years for a story to pay off. The book of Joshua begins with the peculiar story of the God-fearing prostitute
Read: Exodus 3:19-22; 32:1-6 And he received the gold . . . and made a golden calf. (Exodus 32:4) Have you ever wondered where the recently enslaved people of Israel, wandering around in the wilderness, got the gold that Aaron
Read: Exodus 3:1-15 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (v. 14) Mystery abounds here: I don’t know why the bush didn’t burn up or what exactly the burning bush is supposed to mean. God’s “I AM WHO
Read: Genesis 37:1-36 And he made him a robe of many colors. (v. 3) I sang songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat almost 50 years ago when I was in junior high. Although I’d seen the coat of
Read: Genesis 32:22-32 And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. (v. 24) This is the ultimate inexhaustible story. I’ve read books, commentaries, sermons, and articles about it. It was the text for my ordination sermon
Read: Genesis 29:15-30 Behold, it was Leah! (v. 25) My friend the used car salesman once said to me, “You have to take advantage of your friends because your enemies will never get close enough.” Laban must have been his
Read: Genesis 27:1-45 The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. (v. 22) This story is as iconic as any in the Bible, yet I cannot say that there is any easy-to-apply moral or theological