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1 Corinthians 10:31-33

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Why We Do What We Do…

May our lives reflect God’s glory, that through us, others might be saved:

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Avoid giving offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved.”  -1 Corinthians 10:31-33, NAB

This passage can be broken down into two main points, but they are related.  First, in everything that we do, let our lives be a reflection of what God has done in our lives.  Even the smallest, most basic tasks, such as eating or drinking, can be a reflection to the world around us.  In Paul’s case, he was telling the people of Corinth what not to eat, namely food that was sacrificed to false idols.  While we may not be faced with food sacrificed to idols, our world is full of false idols, and we are often presented with situations where we choose to follow the ways of this world or the ways of Christ.  In that way, let our decision to follow Christ reflect His love, mercy, and glory.

The second part to take away from this passage is that we should not do this for our own benefit, but so that others might be saved.  We can spend our lives on a soapbox preaching the good news of Christ to the world, yet we may never bring anyone to Christ.  However, by living our lives as an example of His glory, we can inspire the world to see God in a whole new way.  The world sees God through us, and we must make sure that they see the greatness of God and not the weakness of our flesh.

May God’s glory shine through you so that together, we might save the world.

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