So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:13).
There are few things that are as common and mundane as eating and drinking. Everyone must do both regularly to live and to be healthy. Unlike breathing, which is also necessary to live, we can take great pleasure in the foods we eat and the drinks we drink. We find also that, unlike the oxygen that we must breathe to live, there are bountiful varieties in the foods and drinks available to us.
For this reason, the nature of the Apostle’s command, “Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God,” revolves around the conscious choices that we make each time we eat and drink and the reasons behind those choices. This glorification of God, unlike breathing which is done to the glory of God simply by its testimony of God’s good design and provision, is accomplished by our will. In the context of the command, this glorification of God is accomplished particularly by not offending our brother with the foods we eat—by regarding our brother as better than ourselves. And though this is the context, the implications of the command reach much further than offense.
Every time that we make a conscious choice in our lives, that choice immediately demonstrates whom we regard as Lord at that particular moment. This demonstration is not simply relegated to the “big things” of life, but it is relegated to all things. The Apostle uses the most common of activities, eating and drinking, to declare that regardless of the commonality of a choice God is to be Lord of it. That is also to say that ultimately there is nothing that we do in the physical world that does not have spiritual ramifications. With each choice in life, we are either lining up with God, or we are lining up against him. With each conscious turn of the radio dial, with each button-press of the remote control, with each click of the mouse, we are either consciously glorifying God or we are consciously defying him.
There is a contemporary saying that has been manipulated and abused by marketers, but its truth still rings forth: “What would Jesus do?” It was the will of Jesus Christ to do the will of the Father in all things and thereby glorify the Father in all things. Do you, as Christ did, seek to glorify the Father in all things? Do the television shows that you watch, the songs that you listen to, and the things that you buy declare that God is glorious and sufficient for all your needs? Evaluate the decisions that you make, and make all of them acts of worship to the Lord.