Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.–1 Cor. 10:31
Why do you try not to lose your patience? Why do you maintain the struggle to love someone who is not loving? Why are you gracious and forgiving to someone who doesn’t deserve it?
Maybe you attempt to do these things because there are others around who know you are a Christian–it’s what they expect from you. Maybe you do the right thing simply because you are supposed to. Maybe you are secretly hoping for the same thing in return. But I hope and pray there’s more to it than that.
So many times, we do the right thing for the wrong reasons, or even for no reason at all. Perhaps that’s why God says that even our good deeds are like filthy rags; even when we’ve got the action right, we have our heart wrong. We exercise and eat right to feel good. We say the right things or do the right things to check off “righteousness” on our lists. But how would it transform our lives if we centered our actions and thoughts on God?
I’m going to have patience with my children because they are God’s treasures given to my stewardship. I’m going to love my spouse because he is God’s son, and God wants me to love him. I’m going to exercise and eat right so that my body and my desires no longer control me–GOD controls me. I am going to love God with all my heart, pursue him with all my strength, commune with him with my whole soul. And then, everything else will just be an out-pouring of that awe and love and gratitude. Good deeds won’t be a garment I struggle to fit into but the righteousness of Christ that clothes me.
This post has been edited and republished from my former blog Homekeepers. Over the next several months, I will be merging my two blogs into this one location.