In 1983, my 6th grade class was given the opportunity to do something no other 6th grade got to do before or after. The high school was not as big as it had been but big enough to send two groups to The Wilds camp for the yearly week away from school. That year, my class got to attend so space would be filled. From the time I was a little girl hearing my brothers talk about camp, I dreamed of attending the week long camp held every March. My time finally came. While the camp boasts of beautiful mountain views, waterfalls, hikes, and tons of activities to keep a teen happy, that is not their main goal. Reaching the hearts of young people and leading them to Christ is the ultimate outcome they strive for.
Anytime the whole group gathered for a meal or a session we quoted I Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. This verse was my class’s memory verse the week before. We had it memorized for camp and we also learned the song arrangement that was sung there.
Do all to the Glory of God
As Christians, we are to live a life for others to see Jesus. Our life is not our own, so to simply live for ourselves is out of the question. When we continue reading the following verses we see why.
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (I Corinthians 10:32-33)
Living for Jesus is not about ourselves and what we can gain. But what we can do for others so they will want to be saved.
Life is not easy. We face situations every day where others are watching how we react. Will they see us react in a way that is pleasing to God? Or will they be turned away from wanting to know more about Him?
Every year for the next three years I was taught no matter what I did, I was to do it to the glory of God.
My schoolwork – did I do it to the glory of God?
My actions towards family and friends – were they to the glory of God?
The way I dressed – was it to the glory of God?
After high school, when I entered the workforce during and after college – was everything I did to the glory of God?
As a wife, mother, and homemaker – is everything I do to the glory of God?
Of all the verses I memorized as a teen, I Corinthians 10:31 is the one I remember the most. While the others are just as important, this one always comes to mind when I needed to be reminded am I doing everything to the glory of God.
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