Tuesday, March 24

For the glory of God and the good of others!

Scripture: Joshua 21-22, Psalm 47, 1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10:31–33 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Don’t give offense to Jews or Gentiles or the church of God. 33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

Observation

Paul wraps up his answer to their question about meat that had been sacrificed to idols with this amazing summary.

First, whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  

Second, do what is best for others, so that many may be saved.

Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God and the good of others.  It is a restatement of the Great Commandment: love God and love people.

Application

For the glory of God and the good of others!

What a great and simple thought to guide our actions!  Before every choice, every decision, every action, every word—be motivated by the glory of God and the good of others.

The glory of God: does this decision, this action honor God and cause others to admire Him?  Our actions can bring credit to God, or discredit.  Since we represent God, others form their opinion of Him based on our actions.  Represent Him well.  His reputation should be our first concern.  Let your decisions and actions bring glory, honor, respect and credit to God.  

The good of others: does this decision, this action benefit other people?  Is it only good for me, or is it good for them too?  Does it help them move closer to God or farther away?  We are innately selfish; Jesus calls us to die to our selfishness and put God and others before ourselves.  Our actions can’t be done solely for our own good, but must also be for the good of others.

Here’s my “swing thought” for the day: Is this for the glory of God and the good of others?

Prayer: Lord, help me live today, and every day, for the glory of God and the good of others.