31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31
Many years ago, a friend of mine asked me who I thought the greatest Christian of all time was. I remember thinking about it for a few moments, slowly picturing than discarding so many of the names of the giants of the church. Eventually, I replied, “I bet it was some un-named farmer at some point in human history who would pray and love God each day as she ploughed her field or tended his livestock.”
I don’t know why I replied that way so many years ago. But I still hold to that answer.
So often, we imagine that Jesus is hungry for us to do great things for him. We assume that God is too important or lofty to consider the common things of our lives. But this text from the apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians pushes us to consider Christ in our everyday. The choices we make in faith are opportunities for us to be part of nothing less than the glory of God.
Is it possible to plough a furrow to God’s glory? How about close a business deal… or eat a meal with family or friends? How about changing a baby’s diaper?
The beauty of this verse is that it is not speculative but inviting. It invites each one of us to try it with whatever is closest at hand. Are you about to drive home from work? Try to make your way in traffic with your heart set upon God being glorified. Try speaking with the people you pass in the office or on the phone as if the weight of glory was in the air.
If we do, we will find that the default patterns of selfishness or anxiety are crowded out. We may find our plans more interruptible but we will also discover the grace and presence of God in every square inch of our lives.
Don’t be disappointed if you can’t sustain the effort. Over time, little efforts will turn to habits which will be filled with a way of life that knows God always and everywhere. But great things with God always begin here and now in that thing that is as common as everything.
Jesus, thank you for your intimate love for us. We bless you that you whisper eternity into our every breath. Help us to take up your invitation to live in glory. Help us to do it this moment, today. In Jesus’ name, amen.