“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (KJV)
Notice in this verse that Paul starts out with the basics of life. He says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink.” We must eat and drink in order to live. We cannot go very long without food and even less without water. So, Paul is saying that even in the basics of our everyday life we must seek to glorify God. It must become our consuming fire and passion. If you are acting like a glutton at the dinner table, how does that bring God glory? If you are being rude at the table, or treating others with disrespect, how does that bring glory to God? (Don’t misunderstand me, please. I am not saying that we can’t have fun and laugh at the table. I am just saying that all things need to be done with God’s glory in mind.) My wife was out one time with a group of Christian ladies. There was this one lady of the group that was very demeaning and demanding of the waitress. That was not portraying a true Christian witness and that is not doing “all to the glory of God.” So, when we eat, whether in public or not, we are to do it to the glory of God.
Paul, though, doesn’t stop at the basics. He goes on with, “or whatsoever ye do.” That whatsoever ye do is all encompassing. That means, every thing that we do, we are to do to the glory of God. That means how we talk to one another, how we treat one another, how we drive our vehicles. There is not much that bugs me more than to see a car go flying down the freeway passing all the other cars and have a “I love Jesus” bumper sticker on the back. That is not driving to the glory of God. That is just plain being selfish and self-centered. The world is watching everything that we as Christians do. Granted, we are not to try and please the world with their misconceptions. But, we are to act as Paul says in the letter to the Phillipians:
Phil 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” (KJV)
Remember, in the KJV the word “conversation” means life or how one lives. A good rendition of the first part of this verse would be, “Only let your manner of life be as it becometh the gospel ” We are to live our lives to please God and not man. This basic principle needs to be on the forefront of our minds every waking moment of every day.