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'Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.' 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

There are two 'whatever' verses in Scripture. Both include the phrase 'whatever you do'. (1) 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). Your goal in life should be to love what you work at, and work at what you love. But that isn't reality at every stage of life. Sometimes you're called to do a good job for a not-so-good company, boss or salary. Thank God you have a job that supplies your needs; there are unemployed people who would switch places with you. (2) 'Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God' (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV). How do you eat and drink for the glory of God? Paul is using our daily rituals to make an all-encompassing point. Even the most mundane of activities is absolutely miraculous. You take approximately twenty-three thousand breaths every day, but when was the last time you thanked God for one of them? We tend to thank God for things that take our breath away. And that's fine. But maybe we should thank him for every other breath too!

The purpose driven life is described in these words from the Westminster Shorter Catechism: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.' It can't be said any simpler, or any better. We exist for one reason and one reason alone: to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. And you're called to do that in whatever circumstance you find yourself. Any way. Anywhere. Any how.

Soulfood: Joel 1-3 Mk 3:1-6 Ps 56 Pro 10:14-16,

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'The whole earth is full of his glory!' Isaiah 6:3 NKJV

The distinction between sacred and secular is a false dichotomy. All things were created by God and for God - no exceptions.

Every note of music, every colour on the palette, every flavour that tingles the taste buds. Arnold Sommerfeld, the German physicist and pianist, observed that a single hydrogen atom which emits one hundred frequencies is more musical than a grand piano which emits only eighty-seven frequencies. So every single atom is a unique expression of worship. According to composer Leonard Bernstein, the best translation of Genesis 1:3 is not 'And God said'. He believed a better translation is 'And God sang'. The Almighty sang every atom into existence, and every atom echoes that original melody in three-part harmony by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Super-sensitive sound instruments have discovered that earthworms make faint staccato sounds, while whale songs can travel thousands of kilometres under water.

Lewis Thomas put it this way: 'If we had better hearing and could discern the descants of seabirds, the rhythmic timpani of schools of mullets, and even the distant harmonies of flies hanging over meadows in the sun, the combined sound might lift us off our feet.' And some day they will. Glorified eardrums will hear this Scripture fulfilled: 'Then I heard every creature in Heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever"' (Revelation 5:13 NIV)! Today make it your goal to glorify God in all that you do.

Soulfood: Gal 5:22 Lk 2:8-20 Pro 3:13-18 Ps 119:161-168,

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'That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you.' 2 Thessalonians 1:12 NIV

Bach composed 256 cantatas. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring may be his most famous. Nearly four centuries later, it's still one of the most popular soundtracks as the bride walks down the aisle to meet her groom. The reason his music touches your soul is because it came from his soul. But did you know his cantatas didn't originate as music, and that they were prayers before they were songs? Before he started scoring a sheet of music he would scrawl JJ - Jesu, Juya - at the very top. It means 'Jesus, help me.' Then at the bottom of every composition he inscribed three letters: SDG. They stand for Soli Deo Gloria - 'to the glory of God alone'. His life was a unique translation of that singular motive.

So is yours. No one can glorify God like you, or for you, because your life is an original score. Soli Deo Gloria is living for an audience of one; it's doing the right thing for the right reason. It's living for the applause of the nail-scarred hands. It's declaring that Jesus Christ is your all in all. Just Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

Paul bottom-lines it: 'We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfil every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God' (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV).

Soulfood: Jer 51-52 Mk 2:23-28 Ps 50:16-23 Pro 10:11-13,

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