Persecuted but GrowingHave you ever seen God use something negative or discouraging to accomplish something amazing?
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by Steven Curtis Chapman
I wrote the song “Do Everything” really to remind myself and also to
encourage others that everything matters; everything we do can be done
as an act of worship. 1 Corinthians 1:1 says, “Whatever you do, do it for
the glory of God.” There’s this tendency it seems to think of life with this
line drawn down the middle where there’s the spiritual stuff on one side
and then just the stuff of life on the other. But I really think God wants us to
remember, and I’m trying to learn, that whatever we do, it all matters. Some
might say, 'well, my job or role isn't important enough to make any real
difference," but I disagree.
1 Peter 4:10 addresses this, "God has given gifts to each of you from his
great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can
flow through you. 11 Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God
himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all
the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything
through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen."
Whether it’s walking the dog, washing the dishes, taking out the trash, driving car pool,
trading global stocks, leading a massive company, all of these as well as the really big
spiritual moments, all of these can be done as an act of worship and everything can be done
to bring glory to the God who made us for that very purpose.
--Steven Curtis Chapman