Sunday, Missio Dei
1 Corinthians 10:23-33
1 Corinthians 10:31 is a commonly used verse to encourage us to live our lives for Jesus in all that we do. I think we miss so much of the power of the life of a believer when we simply recite this verse. Too often we just use random verses when we are having a bad day at work or our home life isn’t what we want it to be and we need a bit of a pick me up and encouragement. While this is a function of scripture, to encourage us, it is not all that it is intended for. So...
Why? Why do all to the glory of God? What’s the point? Why do I need to make sure that every area of my life is falling in line with the way Scripture encourages me to live? What’s the point of trying to honor God and glorify him in even the mundane and menial tasks of life? Because if I am being honest it seems to be a whole lot simpler to glorify God when it is convenient and easy, when I can fit it in my busy schedule. So why is Paul encouraging the church at Corinth (and us) that whether they eat or drink or whatever they do, do all to the glory of God?
The answer is simple; it is that we are becoming part of the mission of God that he has called us too as his sons and daughters to now carry out. The mission of God is now the mission of his Church. We are to be disciples who make disciples. We are to be ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on earth, taking the message of redemption and grace to those who do not know it or have not yet believed in it.
Part of that is living in a world that is a place to which we no longer belong. There are things that we once would do that no longer will be what we want to do. Our desires have changed, our longings have changed, our thoughts and our motivations are now different (or at least they should be). So we must respond to being aliens in this world in a way that will bring glory to God and will further the Mission of God.
Little things like what we eat, where we eat and with whom we eat are of the utmost importance...let me clarify that. To be on mission with God, to do all to the glory of God, we must throw off the ritualistic, legalistic tendencies that so easily creep up into our lives and reach out to the outcast, reach out to the hurting, reach out to the broken of this world and show them the love of Jesus, and Lord willing, help them come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Our mission is one of sacrifice and service, putting aside past prejudices and feelings toward those around us and reaching out to make much of God and expand his kingdom. This is our motivation for living our lives to give all glory to God. We are on mission for God and every little thing we do, from what we eat and drink, to where we go is a testament to whose we are and what we value. The difficulty lies in removing all distraction from our lives and focusing solely on living a life that honors and glorifies our Father. When we do this we are participating in advancing God’s kingdom, we are walking in step with the Spirit as we glorify God in all we do, with our ultimate goal being the salvation of souls for the glory of God.
Dear God, my life, moment by moment, day by day is yours. Help me to live in such a way that all I do will bring you glory, not for my own benefit but so that more and more people will come to know of the love of Jesus and the saving grace offered to them. Help me to be all in on your mission in this world and do all for your glory. Amen.