Trailmen, we know our motto is to “walk worthy” of our calling, but does our calling include every trivial thing we may do or say? I found an interesting article whose title made me chuckle and then reflect — “How To Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God” by Pastor John Piper.
In his article, he quotes 1 Corinthians 10:31 — “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” and then asks whether it could be sin to disobey this commandment from the Bible. He says, YES and then continues:
So I draw this somber conclusion: It is sin to eat or drink or do anything NOT for the glory of God. In other words, sin is not just a list of harmful things (killing, stealing, etc.). Sin is leaving God out of account in the ordinary affairs of your life. Sin is anything you do that you don’t do for the glory of God.
So how do we camp, hike, rock climb, kayak, tie knots and drink orange juice to the glory of God? Pastor Piper offers these thoughts:
Some of you then asked the practical question: Well, how do you “eat and drink” to the glory of God? Say, orange juice for breakfast?
One answer is found in 1 Timothy 4:3-5: “[Some] forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”
Orange juice was “created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe the truth.” Therefore, unbelievers cannot use orange juice for the purpose God intended—namely, as an occasion for heartfelt gratitude to God from a truth heart of faith.
But believers can, and this is how they glorify God. Their drinking orange juice is “sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” The word of God teaches us that the juice, and even our strength to drink it, is a free gift of God (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Peter 4:11). The prayer is our humble response of thanks from the heart. Believing this truth in the word, and offering thanks in prayer is one way we drink orange juice to the glory of God.
The other way is to drink lovingly. For example, don’t insist on the biggest helping. This is taught in the context of 1 Corinthians 10:33, “I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved” (RSV). “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Everything we do—even drinking orange juice—can be done with the intention and hope that it will be to the advantage of many that they may be saved.
Personally, I see the point being made as living our life consistently and with a mind-set/heart-set of obedience, gratitude and love in everything we do. Do we really put God in the forefront of our minds and hearts each day? Do we try to put God on a shelf or in a closet during the week and bring Him out on Sundays only? I may not theatrically celebrate God’s gift of “orange juice” in some melodramatic way, but am I genuinely thankful for everything that God provides to sustain me? Without God’s love and grace, His law and perfection, where would we be right now?
By keeping everything you do in a proper context of God’s provision and care for us, then our response would (hopefully) be to walk worthy in everything we are called to do.
What do you think? Does walking worthy extend to the seemingly mundane and trivial paths of life, or just the “big stuff we deal with at church on Sunday?”