1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” God has given each of us “vocations” (literally, “callings”). Child of God, student of the Word, parent, child, friend, employer, employee, pastor, teacher, and citizen are all examples of the various vocations that exist. You, no doubt, have many! One of the ways we give God glory is through our callings.
Think of five callings you currently have in your life. What is one specific way in each calling that you could glorify God?
By living every day to his glory
As Christians, our life source is the Word of God. Peter tells us to crave it so that by it we grow up in our salvation (1 Peter 2:2) as well as to always be ready to share the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). The writer to the Hebrews tells us not to give up meeting together for worship (Hebrews 10:25). The Word of God is vital if we want to glorify God with our lives.
Respond to someone who says, “I don’t need to go to church or read the Bible in order to glorify God.”
We carry out our vocations every day motivated and guided by God’s Word. Glorifying God has as much to do with our attitudes as it does with what we do.
Read James 2:1; Philippians 2:3; and 1 Peter 1:17.
What does each passage have to say about the attitude with which we carry out our callings?
By using his gifts to his glory
The apostle Peter says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10). So how many Christians have been given gifts? Peter says, “Each of you.” I’ve known some people who have said they don’t have gifts. That’s not true! Everyone has gifts and abilities, and those gifts and abilities are to be used not for selfish reasons but to serve others!
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.
List all the points Paul is trying to make by comparing a church to a body.
The apostle Paul says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1). In view of God’s mercy, with the cross of Christ before their eyes, I see a mother feeding her child and showing that child how to love a husband. I see a father having a devotion with his family. I see a factory worker making his quota and a high school boy studying hard for a test. I see an elderly man in a nursing home alone in his room with his hands folded and eyes closed in prayer. I see you, dear reader, thinking of God’s love and how to serve him. No one else may see them—or you—give glory to God with their lives, but that’s okay. It’s all for an audience of One. And he’s smiling.
To God alone be the glory!
Author: David Scharf
Volume 108, Number 1
Issue: January 2021
- Psalm 103: When you count your blessings
- Psalm 91: When God lifts you up on his lap
- Psalm 4: When you draw nearer to the end
- Psalm 42: When you ask, “Where is God when I’m hurting?”
- Psalm 32: When you need forgiveness
- Psalm 130: When rocks fall
- Bible study: Freedom in service
- What does this mean for me? Article 6
- Bible study: Spiritual gifts
- What does this mean for me? Article 5
- What does this mean for me? Article 4
- Bible study: Rejoice in your status!
- Bible study: Baptismal blessings
- What does this mean for me? Article 3
- What does this mean for me? Article 2
- Bible study: Gifts of tongues and miraculous healing
- What does this mean for me? Article 1
- Bible study: Jesus is everyone’s Savior
- Bible study: Love one another
- Bible study: Above all things!
- Bible study: The comfort of God’s providence
- The book of James: Waiting for Christ’s return
- Bible study: Precious grace
- The book of James: Active in using prayer
- Bible study: Rewards of grace
- The book of James: Active in showing love
- The book of James: Correctly evaluating riches
- Bible study: What’s going to happen on the Last Day?
- The book of James: Avoiding loveless judging
- Bible study: Interpretation practice
- The book of James: Taming the tongue
- Bible study: The Bible’s attributes
- Bible study: The importance of the family altar
- Bible study: God’s attitude is grace
- Bible study: The Bible’s account of Easter morning
- Bible study: Different types of sin
- Bible study: God’s inspiration
- Bible study: Giving God glory
- Bible study: Judge for yourself
- The book of James: Using the Word of Truth
- Bible study: The need for the Bible and worship
- Bible study: Citizens of two kingdoms
- The book of James: Active in good works
- The book of James: When battling temptation
- Bible study: God cares
- Bible study: God made the world
- The book of James: When facing trials
- Bible study: A loving God saved people from hell
- The book of James: A blueprint for living out our life of faith
- A Bible story just for me: Guilt
- Bible study: God provides victory over death!
- A Bible story just for me: Anxiety
- Bible study: God forgives and refuses to remember our sins
- A Bible story just for me: Grief
- Bible study: God helps those who cannot help themselves
- A Bible story just for me: Depression
- Bible study: God has not grown soft on sin
- Bible study: Only one path leads to God’s presence
- A Bible story just for me: Trauma
- A Bible story just for me
- Bible study: God wants me in heaven
- Bible study: The incarnation of our Lord