Sitting with the Shepherd
But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks? Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:30-31 NKJV)
Paul was speaking here about the matter of eating bread sacrificed to idols. The insinuation in verse 30 is that as long as I eat it with the proper intention and attitude, what difference does it make what others think? Paul corrects this perception by saying that it does matter, because in all things we are to glorify God. If we knowingly cause a brother or sister to stumble, it is in direct defiance of the greatest commandment to love the Lord our God with all of our heart and love others as we love ourselves. To do this is clearly not glorifying God.
My mistake in all of this is a failure to glorify God in my daily eating habits when I find myself getting sloppy. What I mean by that is I harbor a lackadaisical attitude about what ingest into my body. The problem with this is that when this happens I become lax in other areas of my life. Although I don't want to spend my life on edge or walking on eggshells, I must find a healthy medium. Today His Spirit is convicting me of the need to be more deliberate in what I do. The whatever in this verse includes my diet, my spending, my response to temptation, and how I use my time. I personally see myself honoring God a lot more when I am deliberate or disciplined in my daily activities. There was a time when gluttony was among the seven deadly sins and those who practiced it were admonished not to do so. But that time has passed and I can say that in my twenty plus years as a Christian I have never heard it addressed from the pulpit. Our culture has grown to be indulgent and somewhat "sloppy." Unfortunately the church has been beguiled into following suit. So as I said, as a result of the Holy Spirit' s conviction I intend to be more careful to glorify God today in all that I do.
"The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways." Thomas A. Kempis
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. In what areas of your life are you tempted to become lackadaisical?
2. How does this tend to spill over into other areas of your life?
3. What steps can you take today to further the measure in which you glorify God in your body?
My Father in heaven, to You alone belongs all glory, honor, and praise. You have given me life and indeed given it more abundantly. I confess that there are times when I become sloppy in my daily habits and fail to glorify you as I should. Help me please in the power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit today to overcome this tendency and live today in a way that will give you the glory honor and praise that You deserve. Amen