The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Whatsoever - Thrilling. Chilling"
"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ possess opportunity to honor God in "whatsoever ye do." Scripture calls us not to compartmentalize our lives into the spiritual and the earthly, but rather to view every aspect of our existence as the privileged calling to well represent our Lord. "Walk worthy of the vocation (calling) wherewith ye are called" (Ephesians 4:1).
This at once presents thrilling potential and solemn responsibility. First, our relationship with God through Christ involves the realization of how present and involved He is in our lives. We could not begin to glorify Him otherwise. "Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). The command to "walk worthy" comes with the promise, "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16). We can and must, therefore, view every path upon which we walk as blessed opportunity to present the Lord Jesus well because He lives in us to empower our shining as lamps of His light. "I am the light of the world… Ye are the light of the world" (John 9:5; Matthew 5:14).
We also recognize the responsibility. "Whatsoever ye do" means we represent our Lord always - either well or poorly. Believers bear His name. To confess being a Christian means that we say to our world, "What you see in me reflects what you would see in Christ were He physically present." No higher or more blessed calling in life can be imagined. However, we also bear the potential to cast a distorted shadow of the Christ we represent. Whether in the home, the neighborhood, the workplace, the marketplace, the church, or wherever, we either bear accurate or false witness to the Lord for whom we serve as "ambassadors" (II Corinthians 5:20).
Our consideration should both thrill and chill our hearts. To glorify God in "whatsoever" gives such purpose to everything in our lives, and promises such grace to fulfill the calling. No greater thrill exists. However, the truth that we represent our Lord always - either well or poorly - must certainly chill our souls. Both sensibilities are perfectly appropriate, and allow me to confess that this has been written with much grateful anticipation for a life lived with such meaning and purpose, but also with much repentance for how often I have failed to reflect well on the Lord we represent. "Whatsoever ye do."
"Ye shine as lights in the world."
Weekly Memory Verse
Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(I Corinthians 10:31)