Over the years many have been guilty of falling into an ancient trap of labelling some things sacred and other things secular. Those things that are deemed as essentially ‘good’, are those that are seen as intrinsically spiritual; whereas those things that are seen as essentially ‘bad’ are usually those that are seen as intrinsically physical. Although this false teaching was prevalent in the early church, it finds no support in Scripture. Rather, Genesis 1 and 2 reveal that God created all that we see and feel and proclaimed it as good. Furthermore, there is a wonderful verse in Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians which says ‘So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the Glory of God’ (10:31).
So why do I love this verse so very much?
– Because God is interested in what we eat and what we drink. God wants us to enjoy the range of delights he has created, yet kindly warns us against gluttony and drunkenness.
– Because we can appreciate and participate in sport and give Him thanks that we can do so.
– Because sex isn’t dirty or abusive, but a God ordained act of union.
– Because God is interested in our working life. Indeed, He doesn’t see our workplace as distinct from our ministry, but rather a vital part of it.
– Because, in short, God isn’t just interested in us on a Sunday morning but 24/7 and desires that we live every moment for His Honour and His Glory!
Enjoy Him and all that He gives us