I believe sometimes the Christian walk can become routine. We go through the motions, but are sometimes still left feeling, well, nothing. Now this isn't saying we should base our worship, walk, nor love for God on our feelings (I wrote a whole other blog on why that's a bad idea), but we should still be approaching Christ boldly and with a sense of awe. But how often do we approach God this very same way when just doing our every day menial tasks? "I'm going to ride my bike today, so I'm going to ride my bike boldly for Christ!"... Seriously, who honestly says that? How do you ride your bike for God's glory anyways?
People love to categorize things as "Christian": "This is going to be for God right here... this thing I got planned later is not, so I won't count that." Makes sense. Since we never went into it counting it for God, there's no need to feel guilty about it right? I believe we also see this mainly in the "Christian" music industry. Interviewers LOVE asking these artists "are you a Christian artist?", or "are you a Christian band?", to which the responses vary from one end of the spectrum to the other. It'd be like someone asking me "are you a Christian web developer?" Should the answers to these questions be that complicated? If we profess Christ, shouldn't He abound in every part of our life?
As many of you know, Kanye West has recently been saved, and now proclaims Christ as his Savior. I will admit, when I first heard of it I was a tad skeptical, but of course didn't say his conversion was false. After reading, and seeing various interviews, it is truly evident that Christ has got ahold of his life. One of my favorite interviews was from Jimmy Kimmel, where he asked: "Would you consider yourself to be a Christian music artist now?" To which West replied: "I'm just a Christian everything" I absolutely loved that answer, because his answer was biblical, and it answered that question perfectly. The question "are you a Christian (fill in the blank)" is the wrong question to be asking, because the answer is in the question. The question that should be asked is, "are you a Christian?" That's it. Because the answer to THAT question answers all others. If you profess Christ, then everything you do is for and in service to Christ and for His glory. We can't compartmentalize things in our life and say "this is for Christ and this isn't". No, it's all His.
So what does it mean to live for the glory of God? It doesn't mean we have to go about literally telling everyone "glory be to God" in every thing you do throughout the day, because let's be honest, that would get pretty annoying. It means you stop living for yourself. If you look in 1 Corinthians 10, Paul touches on this subject and says:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.