Have a Party!

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV):  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

What makes a party a party? I know what I think a party is. I had a party with my family on Christmas Day. We were together. We shared good food. We opened gifts. We had fun projects together. We played games. We shared about the birth of Jesus. You know… family, food, fun, and faith!

When I tried to select a picture for “party” I was surprised. Many of the pictures simply showed people drinking alcohol. Even the dictionary definition I found included drinking. Interesting. Not always, but often, drinking removes inhibitions and leads to what I consider a false sense of fun.

When Paul shared the above verse with the Corinthians he knew that Corinth was known for having parties with alcohol. Yet, he actually encouraged them to have a good time. So, what is Paul’s point?

I believe Paul’s main point is his last statement, “do it all for the glory of God.” In other words, it is all about God, not us.

When I look at the first part of the verse, Paul actually includes everything we do as human beings. We eat. We drink. We do “whatever.” So… everything! I believe that God desires all of His followers to enjoy life, and that as we do, God gets the glory!

I will “party” to celebrate the New Year of 2022. As I do, I want to celebrate in a way that brings glory to God. I want to honor Him and have fun in a way that promotes His glory.

Prayer: As I celebrate the coming of 2022, may I do so in a way that is pleasing to You and gives You glory. May I model for others that I can follow You and still have a wonderfully good time.

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