Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
The phrase that caught my attention this morning is whatever you do. A glance at the concordance gives me the impression that it means something more akin to this thing you do. What should I do to bring glory to God? This thing. Which thing? Whatever thing it is I am doing. If I eat, let it be for God’s glory (Paul was writing to folks who had issues with food sacrificed to idols and a whole different meaning behind sharing a meal with someone than we have now). If I drink (we still have issues with alcohol and whatnot), let it be for God’s glory (meaning I should partake or abstain as will bring God the most glory). If I exercise, let it be done in a way that glorifies God. If I relax; work; vacation; love; laugh; cry; wander; read; draw; compose; arrange — insert whatever verb I am considering doing and let it be done for God’s glory. If it cannot be done for God’s glory, then let it not be done by me. There are plenty of folks who are not interested in God’s glory who will gladly do those things.