Glorifying God

Thomas Watson

We glorify God, when we have an eye to God in our natural and in our civil actions. In our natural actions; in eating and drinking. ‘Whether therefore ye eat or drink, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Cor. 10:31). A gracious person holds the golden bridle of temperance; he takes his meat as a medicine to heal the decays of nature, that he may be the fitter, by the strength he receives, for the service of God; he makes his food, not fuel for lust, but help to duty. In buying and selling, we do all to the glory of God. The wicked live upon unjust gain, by falsifying the balances, as in Hosea 12:7: ‘The balances of deceit are in his hands;’ and thus while men make their weights lighter, they make their sins heavier, when by exacting more than the commodity is worth, they do not for fourscore write down fifty, but for fifty, four-score; when they exact double the price that a thing is worth. We buy and sell to the glory of God, when we observe that golden maxim, ‘To do to others as we would have them do to us;’ so that when we sell our commodities, we do not sell our consciences also. ‘Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence towards God, and towards men’ (Acts 24:16). We glorify God, when we have an eye to God in all our civil and natural actions, and do nothing that may reflect any blemish on religion.

This one sure hits home! Every little thing we do is to honor and glorify God. Even the way we eat and shop!

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