Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God…. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 4:13
We often read a verse and think: “That’s a command” or “That’s a promise.” While the Bible is filled with both promises and commands, the difference between the two isn’t as great as we think. Every command, for example, is a promise in reverse, for God never commands us to do anything without supplying the strength. The Scottish preacher Alexander Maclaren put it this way in his sermon on John 5: “All Christ’s commandments are gifts. When He says to you, ‘Do this!’ He pledges Himself to give you power to do it. Whatsoever He enjoins He strengthens for.”
Whenever there’s a command, whatever it is, He gives the strength to obey it. Whenever there’s a promise, whatever it is, He gives the faith to claim it. We’re to do all things for His glory, and we can do all things through Him who strengthens us.
Some people, when faced with a task, respond with a flippant: “Whatever!” When we read God’s promises and commands, we too say “Whatever” — whatever comes, it’s for God’s glory!
Whensoever we attempt to do what we know to be the Master’s will, because He has given Himself for us, our power will be equal to our desire, and enough for our duty.