Edwards’ Resolution #4

Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 in Resolutions

downloadResolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God, nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

This resolution is easily understood, but difficult to live out. It is in fact the very heart of true religion. It is what it means to follow hard after God, to live for Him, to think His thoughts after Him. It is the purpose for which man was created. One blogger offered the following:

All that we do in life must be for the end goal of proclaiming God’s greatness. The Westminster Shorter Catechism posed the question, “What is the chief end of man?” Their response, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” This is precisely what the above resolution is striving towards. This is not just in action with the hands, or thoughts of the heart, but of both.

We cannot praise with our hands and be dead in our spirits, nor can we be alive in our hearts while our actions are that of a corpse. They must go together, the gospel must be worked out with every “manner of thing” we partake in and must tend to the glory of God. This, although difficult, should be the type of resolution that races throughout thoughts before we do or say anything. Is this glorifying to God? Does it have an eternal impact? If not, can I possibly avoid it? May all that we do and say be for His kingdom. This resolution is definitely a personal conviction for myself and it may be for you as well. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may all that we do and say be for His kingdom.

I concur! James stated it this way: James 1:21-22 – [21] “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. [22] But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Hearing and doing. Being and serving. Gospel-saturated and gospel-living.

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