For this post I would like to take a look at a quite well known verse:
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
This is one of those verses most people have heard at some point. At first reading it seems simple, and you can pretty well understand the principle behind it without looking any farther. However; you can gain a much deeper meaning if you look deeper into it, which is what I would like to do here.
In order to gain a better understanding of any verse in the Bible, you must first understand what it meant to the people it was originally written to (since their culture was vastly different than our own). There are many different ways to do that, which I will cover in a later post. For now, I would just like to share my own studies with you.
We know that this book was written by Paul to church members in Corinth who were struggling with many different issues which were addressed throughout the book.
(This is a picture of what is left of the church in Corinth that this scripture was written to by Paul)
The one I will cover regarding this particular verse is what is called “dualism”. The definition is the division between the material realm and the spiritual realm. The idea is that outside of the church (the material world), it doesn’t really have anything to do with inside the church. They were two separate lives so to speak. You could live however you wanted outside the church, and then when you were inside the church you would partake in the service (the eating and drinking in communion for example) and all was well. They were two separate lives.
I’d like to reflect now on how we may experience this concept of dualism today. Many Christians might think they can live life however they like and as long as they show up for Sunday service all is well. But what Paul is saying in this verse is that these two realms have to meet. The spiritual and material realms are not in fact two separate worlds, but they are one walk of life.
You see, being a Christian is a daily walk we have with God. It’s the choice we make when we decide to leave behind everything we thought was best for us, and have faith in what HE thinks is best for us. It’s like when we see our 2 year old reaching out to touch the hot stove. God watches us touch it time and time again, how many times must we get burned before we decide to listen?
“24. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”