A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with one of my coworkers. Actually, I'm not quite sure it was a conversation. Rather it was a long complaint about sub par work ethic displayed by many at our place of employment. My colleague is a man of great work ethic. He lives by many principles. One, which happened to be the topic of our interaction, seemed to be more important to him than others: one must always do everything to the best of his or her ability.
I could not help but to think about our conversation for the rest of our day. Immediately Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians came to mind. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” he writes in chapter 10, verse 31. I began to examine whether that is true in my life and to ponder what motivates my actions.
Naturally I started to think about my job first. Am I a good employee? But it goes far beyond that. How am I doing as a father, husband, friend, brother, etc? How am I handling what has been given to me by God. How am I dealing with every day tasks and chores? Paul didn't write do the “big” things to the glory of God but ALL things to His glory.
More importantly what is the motivation for all those things? Is it some kind of self gratification? Is it for others to take notice? Is it for praise? NO. It is to bring God glory. If I, if we as a church do all things to the glory of God we will further His kingdom. We will testify of Him to this world. It will open doors for us to be able to share with this world of why we do what we do. It is cliche to say that actions speak louder than words but they do speak. Especially in moments where we go above and beyond of what's expected. The world does what's expected, most of the time at least, but expectations seems be to lowered as the years go by.
Being reminded of this had me examine how I approach tasks set in front of me. To know that we serve a living God and work as his tools to further His kingdom is far greater than any self gratification or recognition from our peers. God sees us and knows our true intentions. So, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”!