Christians are citizens of a realm they have yet to see with their own eyes. Citizens of any realm have responsibilities. Our responsibilities are listed in Scripture and at times may seem overwhelming. However, I like simple! I can handle that. Would you like life’s decision making to be easier?
I Corinthians 10:31 gives us a simple mission (purpose) that encompasses the whole of our lives. What we say, do, and think is to bring glory to God. Our lives are to be consumed with bringing One Person one thing: Glory. If I didn’t mention it, I like simple. Life is all about HIM!
This command, like the others, is driven by our passionate love for Jesus. When we love Him totally, we want to see Him honored, worshiped, adored, served, known, and exalted. Paul’s instruction to let whatever we do bring glory to God is in keeping with Jesus’ words in Matthew 5, “Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (emphasis mine) I often find it irresistible to verbalize what the Scripture did not say. In this case, it didn’t tell us, “So whine before men that they see your self-righteousness and glorify you on the earth and in the church.” No! Life’s decision making process is as simple as answering a single question, “Does this glorify God?” If the answer is positive, “Git ‘er done!” If not, move on. We have an Audience of One! Did I mention I like simple?
Obviously, writing about Paul’s command or talking about it is easier than living with a consistent passion for God’s glory. The answer doesn’t lie in working harder or striving longer. It lies in loving Him more deeply. Genuine love must be expressed. We inevitably express appreciation and admiration for the passions of our lives. But our passions move us far beyond appreciation or admiration. We will work ourselves into the ground for our life’s passions. So let me ask, “How meaningless is our appreciation, admiration and work if our life’s passion is anything less than Him?” Think about it. You might find you like simple!
Soli Deo Gloria!