READ: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Appended
Therefore, . . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians
A major US newspaper has called Christopher Parkening “the leading guitar
virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical
mastery of his instrument.” There was a time, however, when Parkening gave up
playing the guitar professionally. At the height of his career as a classical
guitarist, he retired at age 30, bought a ranch in Montana, and spent his days
fly-fishing. But early retirement did not bring him the satisfaction he had
Then during a visit to California, he was invited to a church where he heard a
clear presentation of the gospel. Of this he wrote: “That night I lay awake,
broken over my sins. . . . I had lived very selfishly and it had not made me
happy. . . . It was then that I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life, to be
my Lord and Savior. For the first time, I remember telling Him, ‘Whatever You
want me to do with my life, Lord, I’ll do it.’”
One of Parkening’s favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, . . .
whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” He has taken up the guitar again,
but this time with the motivation to glorify God.
Each of us has been given gifts; and when we use them for God’s glory, they
bring satisfaction and joy. —Dennis Fisher
The gifts we offer to the Lord
Are by His standards measured;
Our sacrifice and lives of praise—
Such gifts are highly treasured. —Sper
We were created to give God the glory.
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of
God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of
God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my
own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 11 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.