“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” -2 Peter 1:1-3
Everything, huh? Pertaining to life. That means that God cares about any little or big thing I do everyday? Definitely! And according to 2 Peter 1 through His divine power, and His Word,( the Bible), He has given us everything pertaining to how to live life and how to live it well. This means that He has given us the ability and the sources we need to actually keep His commandments and live in a way that is pleasing to Him. (What a verse for those of us who think we cant overcome sin! It says we have all we need in Christ to live for Him! ) So He cares about EVERYTHING (ALL THINGS!) ABOUT OUR LIFE and HE HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED TO USE EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES TO HIS GLORY. (That is, to live Godly lives) He cares because He knows people are watching, and though it may seem hard to understand, our actions affect others.
Most of us know 1 Corinthians 10:31, Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
So you say, sure I want to do this thing, I want to do all things for the Glory of God. But how do I do that? What does that mean??
Well what’s God’s glory? God’s glory is the sum of His attributes. Of His greatness like He is all powerful and all knowing!..etc (things that we cant imitate) and of His goodness like He is compassionate, merciful, loving..etc (things that we are commanded to imitate). Jesus shows God’s glory because He is the exact representation of God’s nature.(Hebrews 1:3..And He [Jesus] is the radiance of His ['God's] glory and the exact representation of His [God's] nature…) God’s glory is His praise and His beauty. It is “the sake of His name” or “His fame” per say. To do things unto His glory means to do things that will point others to Him. Things that will give Him a good image because we claim His name. Things that will exult His name not our name.To do things that reflect His character. To do things that are pleasing to Him.
Doing things to God’s glory is not a mental game. My pastor likes to explain doing things unto God’s glory like this,
Imagine you are eating a salad. Every bite you eat you are not to think..”Ok bite one, to the Glory of God!”..”Bite two..this is for God too..”.”Bite three..unto God’s glory”..But rather you should think of the bigger picture. Why are you eating the salad (and not a hamburger) right now? Because God says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ” Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body”. So that means you are eating the salad because you want to please God and take care of His temple, your body. So you eat salad and exercise. Because you know it pleases Him. Because you are obeying Him. So His word is the ground were you base all your decisions from.
All to the glory of God. Do I get to pick what aspects of my life are surrendered to Christ’s Lordship ? No, He is Lord. God owns you. I don’t get to be “selective” in my obedience. I am a slave to righteousness now. That means, God cares about what I watch, what I listen to, what I think about, what I eat, whatever I do, whether I take a shower in the morning or at night, or what time do I wake up or ANYTHING in my life? Yes. And all choices should be pleasing to Him, keep a good testimony of Him and point others to Him. He is a Good Master and willing to mold us patiently! We just need to submit to Him!
How can I learn what God wants me to do? 2 Peter 1 verse 3 says “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” So i have all i need to obey Him, trough His power, not my own. So i can learn about His character and do things that would glorify Him by knowing Him better [through the true knowledge of Him]!! and the only way I can do that is through reading His Word! Wow! i need to believe this and act upon this!!! I understand we all still struggle with things, the important thing though, is to pray that the Lord will open our eyes to see how He wants us to live and being willing to obey and to read His Word. The more you spend time with someone, the more you know who they are, and what they like/dislike. We need our time with God. That He would have mercy on us so that we would be willing to be changed by His Sharp Word!
“To the question Does God care about everything I do? The answer is YES! He is personal, you are His child and He is aware of everything you do even little things. A good father will care about every little detail of his child, because he cares about his child.” -Pastor Timothy Potter, Grace Church of Mentor.
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12: 1-2
“For the Christian, there is not such a thing as the spiritual and the non-spiritual, but once you become a Christian, all things are spiritual.” -Unknown Author
Conclusion: God cares about everything in my life and the Bible is sufficient to evaluate EVERY single part of my existence. There is no part of my life the Bible doesn’t talk about. The Bible is sufficient because it has everything i need to do even little things unto His glory and be a “living sacrifice and acceptable to God”. The Bible talks about all things in life and all things about godliness. I need to submit to Christ’s Lordship over my life and the Bible’s authority, that’s the only way i can understand what the will of God is..”that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” This is doing all things unto God’s glory. We will never be perfect, but we can be continually growing by God’s grace.
I should never do what Mafe wants, but i should be willing to do what God wants Mafe to do. I have a hard time understanding and applying this, perhaps you do too, so here is a plan, let’s pray for each other! I will be praying for you and you pray for me!