“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Once a year, on our anniversary, my wife and I make a special trip to a fancy restaurant that we love. I’m sure you’ve been in plenty of nice restaurants before but I especially like this one because they have a coat check station near the front door. You walk in, and a nice man takes your jacket and hangs it up for you while you eat. Most of the time, I am lucky if I can hang my jacket up at home before one of my two small children start getting into trouble. So, needless to say, this is a small but appreciated luxury.
However, the more I think about the coat check station at our favorite restaurant, the more I am convinced it is a picture of many of our lives. Too often, we think that there is a disconnect between our spiritual lives and our everyday lives. We go to church on Sunday but as soon as we get home we hang our spiritual jacket up and go on with our lives until next Sunday.
In this verse, Paul does not make that distinction. He says that every part of our lives is to be lived for the glory of God. This verse comes at the end of a long discussion about what food could be eaten to glorify God. B
ut, Paul takes it a step further by saying that glorifying God is not just limited to mealtime. We were created to bear God’s image and that is a permanent jacket we wear all the time because it is essential to humanity. So, what you do on Wednesday afternoon is just as important in God’s sight as what you do on Sunday morning.