Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
Suppose you spent 8 hours a day sleeping, 8 hours at work, 3 hours eating, and 2 hours traveling to and from work. That leaves you 3 hours. If you gave 2 to your family, you’d have just 1 hour left!
Many people think “offering yourself to God” means doing some ministry. That’s a great thing to do. But if that’s all “offering yourself to God” means, then you’ll only offer him a small part of your life.
1 Corinthians 10:31 prompted John Piper to write an article called: How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God. Drink with thanksgiving. Then commit to using the strength of the next hours in ways that honor the Lord. If you are drinking the orange juice with others, let your conversation be an expression of love so that they’ll be edified.
Or if you play soccer, your calling is to offer your soccer to God in the way you train, the way you play, and in the way you interact with others—your team (someone who’s not playing well), the other team (someone who fouls you), and the referee (when he or she makes a “bad” call).
Jesus spent three years in public ministry, but before that he was a carpenter for about 20 years. He cared for his mother. He offered himself to God, as much in his carpentry and in caring for his mother as he did when he preached the gospel and performed the miracles.
We are talking here about a pattern of faithfulness and obedience that honors the Lord in the ordinary routines of life. You can honor Jesus Christ in everything you do.
Reflect on how you’re offering yourself to God.