A Meditation on 1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
And it begins. Yes, Halloween has just passed and Wal-Mart has Christmas preparations in full swing. We must of course first get past Thanksgiving, but that is just another opportunity for many to shop and prepare for Christmas. Yes, the countdown has begun. Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of my favorite times of the year, but it is very easy to succumb to the temptation of materialism that the world has used to pervert both of these holidays. 1 Corinthians 10:31 is a very helpful verse to memorize and meditate upon as we go into this season of the year.
One of the main elements of both Thanksgiving and Christmas is the eating and drinking. Paul says that we should eat and drink to the glory of God. Let’s be honest, we do not like to think about eating and drinking as spiritual disciplines, but they are. In 1 Corinthians Paul describes our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. So how can we eat and drink to the glory of God? Before we can answer that question, we must first address how to avoid sin in the act of eating and drinking. Now eating and drinking are not sins. We need food and we need water. What I mean by don’t sin is don’t be a glutton, don’t be selfish (making sure you get the best portion of meat), don’t be a critic of the cook, etc. God is not necessarily glorified when we avoid these sins. Let’s face it anyone can eat that way. We must do more. So what can we do to glorify God when we eat and drink? God is honored when we give thanks, engage in edifying conversation around the table, and share a meal with others. Thanksgiving and Christmas involve many other activities besides just eating and drinking. For all those other activities like giving gifts, sending cards, decorating, and, for many in Central PA, hunting, Paul says, “or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
In spite of all the worldliness of our culture, God has given us the blessing of having preserved in many ways the sacred values of both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a season when people are jolly and spontaneously sing, “Joy to the World,” and “Immanuel.” Many of the folks who get caught up in singing these songs while standing in line at Bon-Ton don’t understand the message of the songs and that is our cue to glorify God in whatever we do. So, while patiently waiting to pay for your goodies, engage others in conversation about the savior we celebrate in song. Celebrate, give thanks, proclaim that the Messiah has come and whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.
-Pastor Corey Mitchell