"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11
We hear and even say this statement all the time: "Whatever we say and do, we do it all for the glory of God!" Do we really mean that? Do we really understand that? Peter encouraged the early church to stand strong in the face of opposition. He understood the importance of not only talking the talk but also walking the walk. In this passage of Scripture, he challenges the early church and he challenges us today to be a people who give God glory in every area of our lives. We call ourselves Christ followers for a reason: we follow the example of Christ (in both the way He spoke and the way He served). In John 12:49, Jesus says, "For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken." In John 5:19, He says, "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father is doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." Jesus goes on in John 5:30 to say, "For I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me." As Christ followers, we need to be overly committed to say what He wants us to say and to serve and to do the way He wants us to serve and to do. Peter understood this very well. He understood how hard it would be to follow through with this, especially under opposition and attack. Today the challenge is simple for you and for me: let's say what God wants us to say, and let's serve and do the way God wants us to serve and do! May He get all the glory and all the praise from the words and actions (in all things) of His children today! Remember, we aren't saying and doing to please ourselves; we are saying and doing to please Him.