Reflections upon Resolutions

7 01 2014

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17)

I think we often read the verse above without giving it much thought or meditation. I want to encourage you to take a moment and meditate on it. Take it literally, embrace it’s truth more fully. Paul even repeated this advice in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” A Christian should do nothing out of habit, or convenience, or thoughtlessness. All we do, all we say, and all we eat or drink it should be to the glory of God. I take this to mean that if God is not in some way glorified by it then we ought not do it. What an amazing ideal to strive towards! To be able to say of our lives that all we do glorifies God.

This means the food we eat should glorify God. If you can’t in good conscience eat something then don’t eat it because it won’t glorify God. If you can’t drink something in good conscience then don’t drink it because if you do then God is not glorified. Sometimes God is glorified in what we don’t do. I went to a wedding not too long ago and people were getting drunk. My wife and I had vowed a few weeks before before our church family by joining into the church covenant that we would not drink intoxicating beverages. Had we chosen to drink that  night it would not have brought glory to God but our abstaining did. There was dirt dancing going on during the reception and we chose to abstain to the glory of God. We ought not just do tings to the glory of God but we ought to not do things to the glory of God.

If we watch television it should be to the glory of God. If what we are watching glorifies sin then we are not watching it to the glory of God. We should listen to music to the glory of God. Does your music celebrate adultery, fornication, murder, rape, or self? Then it is not to the glory of God. Shopping should be done to the glory of God, dressing should be done to the glory of God, voting should be done to the glory of God, posting on Facebook should be done to the glory of God, sending a Tweet should be done to the glory of God, enjoying vacation, and spending time with our families should all be done to the glory of God. Everything we do even marital relations between spouses should be done to the glory of God. The physical acts of the marriage bed is an act of worship to God and should be participated in to His glory. So there is no aspect of our lives that escapes the reach of this verse.

This brings me to the idea of New Years resolutions. Nearly all people Christian or heathen make resolutions and few Christian or heathen actually carry them out. Some now call them personal life goals but either way how should one make or better yet carry out a New Years resolution? The answer from our text is simple, to the glory of God. Did you resolve to lose weight for your health or family? Wrong reason, it should have been to the glory of God. Did you resolve to relax more this year for your health? Wrong, reason it should have been for the glory of God. Did you resolve to anything at all and your first and foremost reason is not the glory of God then it is for the wrong reason. How do we carry out a resolution? Well, if we made it to the glory of God then we can’t just drop it by the wayside, or give up on it lest we give up on bringing glory to God. We must carry it out for the glory of God.

Let me encourage you for the whole year don’t say, eat, drink, listen to, watch, go anywhere, or do anything except that you can say in some way God is glorified by what I’m doing and let’s do all for the glory of God.


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