The reason for using our Christian freedom carefully and selflessly is none other than to glorify God. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:31 “so, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” When Paul is talking about eating and drinking, he is referring to the food and drink offered to idols while at the same time implying that the most routine, ordinary tasks, like eating and drinking, should be done to make much of the Lord. Our entire lives should be focused on the purpose of bringing honor and Glory to an awesome God!
Our lives can be lived in one of two ways. Either we honor God with our lives or we dishonor God with our lives. John MacArthur states in his commentary on 1 Corinthians that “God is dishonored when anyone sins, but He is especially dishonored when His own people sin… In the same way God is especially honored and glorified when His people are faithful and obedient.” If our freedom in Christ causes us to sin, or anyone else to sin in any way, then God is especially dishonored. If we prevent a brother or sister to bring less glory to God by doing something that is “lawful,” then we become disobedient and dishonoring to God. If we prevent an unbeliever from coming to know Christ with our freedom, then we are dishonoring God! In verse 32 Gods word continues, “Give no offense to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God.” This includes all of humanity whether they know Jesus or they do not!
“Give no offense” is echoed in Philippians 1:10-11, “so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” If our freedom creates offense, impurity, and blame, then God is not glorified or praised! Does the use of our Christian freedom in ALL areas of life glorify God? Do they take away from the glory of God? So, whether we are at work, school, home, church, in the presence of believers or unbelievers, eating, drinking, brushing our teeth, attending the Lion’s game, or whatever we are doing, let us do ALL things to the glory of God!
Student Ministries Director