Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Maybe I'm the only one guilty of this, but I have often pulled this verse out of context, then wondered what on earth it looked like to eat and drink to God's glory.
To have a better understanding of what this verse means, let's go back to verses 23-24...
All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
Paul talks about this a lot which must mean it is both important and a very real issue... when we choose to do, say, eat, drink, or wear something, even if we don't personally think there is anything wrong with it, if it causes our "neighbor" to stumble we are sinning. We need to consider our fellow believers, especially those who are weaker, before our own liberties.
How does this have to do with modesty? Some of the arguments against modesty are...
- Why should I have to change the way I dress because of someone else's issues?
- The guy who can't keep his eyes from wandering should learn to control himself. It's not my problem.
- I don't see anything wrong with it so why should I change?
Whether, then, you eat or drink (or choose clothes to wear), do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.
Considering the weaker brother over myself is glorifying God. Isn't that my point in life - to glorify my Creator?
So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Romans 14:19