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One of the sad commentaries about many believers is that they have little or no balance in their lives. They go from one extreme to another. When they are in the world, they are worldly. When they are in the church, they want to pretend to be all-holy. Notice I said pretend. They can engage in meaningful conversations about sports and entertainment and every time you see them, they say, “Praise the Lord.” I believe with all my heart that a blessing in being a believer is that we can live a holistic and all-encompassing life and live it to the fullest by engaging socially, economically, and politically. The scripture reference for today is I Corinthians 10:31.

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

This powerful scripture reference requires prayer and a willingness to go deep into the Word. Paul, the humble servant of the Lord is speaking in this chapter about the importance of knowing who he is as a servant of God. He expresses thanksgiving to God for the food and the drink he is allowed to partake in, without being condemned for doing so. I must admit that I do not know if he was referencing a particular kind of drink. He does speak of eating at the Lord’s Table or table of demons in this chapter. Paul also says that not everything is good. He provides the people that he loves with instructions about how they should eat and drink as well as how they ought to live a life of balance. He says that they should imitate him as he imitates Christ. I am not sure that any of us can say we do that. Paul can say it because he is sold-out for the Lord. Remember, Paul was well trained and gifted, and his life was totally surrendered to Christ. Paul related to people of all walks of life and never thought more highly of himself. At one time, he called himself the chief of sinners. What a wonderful testimony; to be able to relate to people of all walks of life and to want people to see us as real and sincere. This is when God will get the glory from our lives.