31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

“God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”[1] These are the famous words of Eric Liddell, a Scottish Olympic champion runner who also served as a Christian missionary. Liddell’s life was captured in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire. Liddell’s words show that he viewed even the activity of running as an opportunity for worship. Liddell knew that his ability to run and his running awards were not only the result of his own training and personal achievements, but they were also gifts from God.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul wrote that all of life is to be lived for the glory of God. This week, we have been considering the idea that work is a good gift from God and should be done in such a way that honors Him. If all of our lives are to be devoted to Him, this must also include our work.

As we bring all of life under the rule and reign of Jesus, including our work, we will continually seek to honor Him in every area. In regard to our work, we have the opportunity to recognize the areas where we are strong and give thanks to God that He has given us the abilities to do certain things well. Even in the areas we are weak, we can submit those things to Him, while taking encouragement that in our weakness we are reminded of our ongoing need for Him. God has put us in specific locations, in a specific time in history that whatever we do might be for His glory.

• How can you seek to submit every part of your work rhythm to God’s glory?

• Where do you recognize that God has gifted you for your work? Take time to thank Him for this.

• Pray and thank God that all of life is meant for worship. Confess where you have failed to recognize this in the past, and ask for a greater awareness of this truth and desire for worship of Him in the future.

[1] "Eric Liddell Biography." Biography Online. Accessed February 05, 2019. https://www.biographyonline.net/sport/athletics/eric-liddell.html.