Glory To God

November 8, 2013
by John Stuart

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (NIV)

The legendary Scottish athlete and missionary, Eric Liddell (on whom the movie Chariots of Fire is based), was once asked about how he mixed his faith with his sprinting. He cheerfully replied, "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." It was a wonderful way to express his love of God and to give Him the glory for Eric's athletic gifts. Whether he preached, served, or ran, Eric's life was lived to the glory of God, and he has been a great example of witness and encouragement to Christian athletes everywhere for almost a hundred years.

We all lead different lives, come from different backgrounds, and end up in different careers. We are each uniquely created by God for a purpose that no one else can fulfill. What we do with our lives is important to the overall work of God's salvation in the world. How we witness to Him in our homes, schools, and workplaces can either encourage or deter people from drawing closer to Christ.

Wherever you go today, whatever you do, and whoever you meet, try to be an encouraging witness for God. Whatever you accomplish or fulfill, give God the credit for allowing you the skills, gifts, and time to achieve your goals. In everything, give glory to God. In all that you are, glorify Him today.

Questions for personal reflection:

What goals do I hope to accomplish this week? How can I give God the credit for what I do?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for calling us into service for Your kingdom here on earth. May the gifts and talents, knowledge and skills that we possess be used to help others, promote Your ministry, and give glory to You. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word John.


    I agree, totally, John. Thanks for this good word.


    Thank you John – His words are a treasure to my heart. Blessings.


    Amazing! Eric ran and you write and both of you glorify Him with your gifts. Thank you once again for using your gift to bless all of us!


    For me the answer for what do I plan for this week is easy. It is whatever God tells me to do. This over-rides any plans I make and works out for the best.


    Thank you! Such a down-to-earth message for us. As an 85 year old retired Presbyterian pastor I so appreciate your thoughts. Will try to take your words into my life today…and each day. Thank you!


    Your devotional this morning helped me and I will think of it lots. Thank you. Now I am thinking I might try to find Chariots of Fire for my Grandsons involved in sports. It might help them to stay strong in their own convictions??


    Thank you for the devotional:
    1 Corinthians 10:31 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (NIV)
    Please tell me if there is a book called “Chariots of Fire” that the movie by that name is based on? If there is, I’d like to read it.


    Thanks for the devotional today John; it was good to be reminded of Eric Liddell. My doctor, now retired, was a personal friend of Eric in his youth. God give us all the grace to run as fast to witness our faith as did Eric Liddell.
    Blessings.


    My reply to your question:Questions for personal reflection:
    What goals do I hope to accomplish this week? How can I give God the credit for what I do?
    Giving Glory to God, is acknowledging that it is He through the Holy Spirit, that works in men to do His good pleasure! So we that do His will, love Him that works through us for His glory.
    (USA)


    Good Morning John
    Your recent devotional was written just for me — I know it! Once again it is amazing how your words fit into my present situation and need for encouragement and reminder that God is always watching out for me.
    This summer my husband passed away and now I am moving to an area closer to my family so will once again be living on my own. At age 81 I am looking forward to finding a new church family and making new friends in various activities.
    I am truly blessed and thank our Lord for his guidance as I make this change in my life.
    Thank you for your devotionals. May God bless you.


    Good Morning Rev. Stuart:
    As always a fine, fine message urging us to use our talents and gifts to God’s glory. So often we hide the wonderful gifts he has bestowed upon us under a bushel and make every excuse possible so we do not have to use them to glorify His Holy Name.
    A needed message for me.
    Thank you.

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