Updated: May 16, 2020
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
I’ve been meditating on this verse this week as part of a Lenten devotional. And then yesterday, as I was processing through some anxiety, the thought struck me that I often spend so much time worrying about doing the right thing or making the right choice. I can drive myself crazy thinking through all the pros and cons and second-guessing myself. But what if God is not so concerned with which choice I make as long as I’m doing it for his glory?
That makes it more simple and also more complex. There’s more freedom and grace in that. But it also requires self-awareness and honest reflection because I could justify any decision I make and explain why it’s the right choice. I could fool myself and fool others into thinking that I am doing good. But I can’t fool God. He knows my heart. He knows when I’m really seeking him and his glory and when I’m seeking my own.
So what does God require of me? He wants me to earnestly seek him, to trust him and follow him even when it’s hard, to stop seeking everyone else’s approval above his own, and to receive his grace when I get it wrong.
Perhaps another way of saying that is…
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8