- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 17, 2006

The following is an excerpt from a recent sermon preached by Renette Dallas

From 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Paul is speaking to the Corinthians about going into the market to purchase meat to eat. The question was raised as to whether or not an individual should be eating the meat that in fact had been purchased to worship idols.

In the word of God, there are a lot of things that it does not specifically tell us what we should or should not do when it comes to particulars in life. That’s why it’s so important to focus on those things that are explicitly clear. Sometimes we get hung up with the little things, but if we pay attention to the big things, the big things will supercede the smaller things.

So what Paul is trying to emphasize here is that it really doesn’t matter worrying about the particulars about whether or not this meat was actually purchased for pagan worship. What’s important is that whatever you eat or whatever you drink should be done to the glory of God, with an emphasis being that anything you do should be motivated from your heart in appreciation to show glory to God or to give God glory.

Just simply ask when you’re about to do something: How will this glorify God? In that, lies your answer. Does that take a lot of the complications out of things? That’s very straightforward, and if we begin to ask ourselves that question, we’ll find that there are in fact, many things, many things that we do, that do not glorify God.

But because we serve a loving Savior, because He shows us forgiveness on a regular basis when we ask for forgiveness and truly in our hearts we want to repent, we can start over. So it’s OK that some things you may have done this morning prior to coming service … would not glorify God. The key is that when we leave this room, we’re going to begin to ask ourselves that question, and that is going to begin to dictate what we will do from now on.

Colossians 3:17 says everything a Christian says or does should be “in the name of the Lord Jesus.” That means that it’s in His holiness, it’s in His likeness. How it applies to us today is to focus on the fact that it says all believers. Nowhere in there does it say only the young, the healthy, self-sufficient or prosperous. It does not exclude the sick and the shut-in, the old, the dependent or poor.

What happens in some of the nursing homes and hospitals is we begin to think that during our period of going through or during our latter years in life is that the word of God isn’t quite applicable to us. Been there done that, been a Christian all my life. Paid my dues, paid my tithes. I can just sit on my glory years and ride out the tide. I can be mean, I don’t have to smile all the time, I don’t have to do all those things that were taught to me as a young Christian.

Absolutely not. The word of God is the word of God, and in the beginning, it was the word of God and it will always be. That means that everything that was then is now and will be until he comes again or until you take your last breath.

It’s just like the people who are here in rehab have a different attitude than the residents. They know they are going home pretty soon. We are to have the same attitude about this life. We are citizens of heaven, and we are just passing through. While I’m here, I am to do as much good as I possibly can. That is the attitude that we need to take on about our life here on Earth.

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