6.23.21

June 23, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
 – Proverbs 3:5-7

 

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. – 1 Corinthians 10:31-33

 

There have been studies contrasting the multi-tasking aspect of our lives. We have a limit in what we can do well with our limited mental, emotional, and physical capacity. We all need to sleep, rest, and establish boundaries in which God has given us a new life in Christ, to steward all the resources that we have been given. Taking inventory in careful reflection and discernment to be a good steward with the gifts God has given us is an act of skillful, loving, and active obedience. With each day of our lives, are we doing well in our stewardship of our resources in demonstrating that transformed life to those around us, believer and non-believer. Concerning our entire lives, are they a blessing to the people around us?

 

I have found some friends to be particularly adept and faithful with their money, yet not so with their time. I have found some who live an impeccable life with a regimented disciplined style that I can only dream to emulate, all done with joyful energy on their face. I have seen others with their lives filled to the brim with relationships as they were magnets to the people they work with, from the water cooler to their dining room to the bedroom. I have found an eclectic bunch in whom I consider experts in different areas of their lives. I have found very few who are 5 tooled players (amazing in every aspect of their lives), but I have been extraordinarily blessed by friends who have taught me much in many aspects of life.

 

Paul’s very life and instruction to us resonates well with the wisdom literature in Proverbs in keeping central the glory of God in our lives. Our embodiment of the gospel, Christ’s death and resurrection, our incarnation of that very life, our life no longer, but Christ’s, living in us is our guiding North Star in how we approach and live our life. In all the small things to the big things, we seek to Glorify God in our life, in our eating and drinking, yes in the sacred communion, but also in the daily eating and drinking. Let us not forget this fun face in the Corinthians Church context: they were debating whether to eat sacrificial meat that had been sacrificed to pagan gods. It was a worthwhile debate and discussion.

 

The freedom and life we live and exercise are to be used for the glory of God. Our heart, our intentions, and our convictions matter greatly, but not at the expense of wounding others. In how we disagree, we demonstrate charity and kindness. In how we live our lives, we live them excellently in all that we do. For the glory of God and the good of all people, not primarily our own, but in response to the abundant grace that has been emptied out for us.

 


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