3 Minute Read + Scripture readings
TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 Corinthians 10:31 (CSB) “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY‘S BIBLE VERSE(S):
It has been said that a text without a context is only a pretext.
That means that if we rip a verse out of it’s context, we can essentially make it say whatever we want it to say and not necessarily what God actually said.
So, when we look at a verse in the Bible, we need to investigate the “neighborhood” in which that verse lives to get a proper understanding of what God is saying.
When we look at 1 Corinthians 10:31, and then look at the verses around it, we realize that the Apostle Paul was talking about a problem that existed in Corinth. It was common practice for meat sacrifices to be offered to the pagan gods. The question on every Christ-followers’ mind was: “Can I eat meat that was offered to idols?”
Essentially, Paul said that the Christians could eat it if it did not convict their conscience. If they had to silence their conscience while eating it, then they were sinning. Further, if they ate that meat offered to idols and it didn’t bother their conscience, but it offended another Christian who believed that eating the meat was sin, then the first Christian should refrain from eating rather than cause a fellow Christian to stumble.
So, it is in this context that we read our Verse for Today:
1 Corinthians 10:31 (CSB): “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
This verse means that everything we do, including eating and drinking, is an opportunity to show others how good our God is. It is also an opportunity for us to demonstrate that God really is in the forefront of our minds in the moments of our days and that we are willing to follow Jesus’ example of personal sacrifice on behalf of others.
This, my friend, demonstrates to the watching world that you take your walk with Jesus seriously. It shows that you aren’t a SMO (Sunday Morning Only) but that Jesus is who you follow each day of the week. It shows that you are following His example and are willingly sacrificing your rights for the benefit of others. When others see this, many of them can’t help but take note.
And in doing so, you will glorify God. You will show others the goodness and greatness of the God we serve.