So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
What is our motivation for the things we do? Are we self seeking, looking for a comfortable life for ourselves? Or are we looking to bless and do good to others? And ultimately, where does God come in the equation?
Paul in the context has been talking about food sacrificed to idols. He suggested that it’s best to not knowingly eat it, and so participate with idolatry, which is in fact demon worship. But he also says if we’re not specifically told it’s idol food at a friend’s house, we don’t have to raise the question and eat in good conscience.
Why should it matter what we eat and drink? Well it boils down to motivation. Are we motivated by a desire to glorify God, or simply to satisfy ourselves and perhaps become participants with idol worship? We have an alternative to halal food for example: the Lord’s Supper, the bread and wine that symbolise His broken body and shed blood for us.
Bread and wine might seem more humble than a dinner kebab, but as long as we’re glorifying God, that’s the main thing. The most important thing is good motives, then from that root will grow good practice. May God be glorified in every aspect of our lives!
“Oh God our Lord, may You be glorified in every area of our lives. May we glorify You even in what we eat and drink. Please help us to be good witnesses of You, for the honour of Your name, amen”