How To Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God

September 15, 1986 | by John Piper | Topic: Christian Hedonism Subscribe to...

When I asked two weeks ago, "Is the Doctrine of Total Depravity Biblical" my answer was, Yes. And one thing I meant was that all of our actions (apart from saving grace) are morally ruined. In other words, everything an unbeliever does is sinful and thus unacceptable to God. I said that one of my reasons for believing this comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31. "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." I asked, "Is it sin to disobey this Biblical commandment?" Yes. So I draw this somber conclusion: It is sin to eat or drink or do anything NOT for the glory of God. In other words, sin is not just a list of harmful things (killing, stealing, etc.). Sin is leaving God out of account in the ordinary affairs of your life. Sin is anything you do that you don't do for the glory of God. But what do unbelievers do for the glory of God? Nothing. Therefore everything they do is sinful. That is what I mean by saying that, apart from saving grace, all we do is morally ruined. Some of you then asked the practical question: Well, how do you "eat and drink" to the glory of God? Say, orange juice for breakfast? One answer is found in 1 Timothy 4:3-5: "[Some] forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer." Orange juice was "created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe the truth." Therefore, unbelievers cannot use orange juice for the purpose God intended —namely, as an occasion for heartfelt gratitude to God from a truth heart of faith. But believers can, and this is how they glorify God. Their drinking orange juice is "sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer." The word of God teaches us that the juice, and even our strength to drink it, is a free gift of God (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Peter 4:11). Theprayer is our humble response of thanks from the heart. Believing this truth in the word, and offering thanks in prayer is one way we drink orange juice to the glory of God. The other way is to drink lovingly. For example, don't insist on the biggest helping. This is taught in the context of 1 Corinthians 10:33, "I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved" (RSV). "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Everything we do—even drinking orange juice—can be done with the intention and hope that it will be to the advantage of many that they may be saved. Let us praise God that we have escaped by his grace from the total ruin of all our deeds. And let us do everything, whether we eat or drink, to the glory of our great God! Seeking to saturate all of life with God, Pastor John

he chooses the foolish to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty. God uses nobodies from nowhere with nothing who are willing to depend upon Him for everything. when we see our own inadequacy. and weakness demands humility. John the Baptist was a nobody from nowhere with nothing. 2010 (Pathway to Power by Michael A Redick) Wanted Dead and Alive Romans 6:1-14 Romans chapter 6 is God’s wanted poster. our o wn insufficiency. Humility brings dependence. (Story of Moses/Gideon) That is how God works. Unlike humans.that is. the base and the despised to show the world that it is not the work of man but unmistakably the work of God. He has to first remove our strength and bring us to the end of ourselves so that we will look at the task and say. Weakness Demands Humility (2:1-4) (II Corinthians 2:1-4) In this passage. III. He is looking for Christians. Dependence Displays God’s Power (1:27-28) God displays His power in the foolish. I. I cannot do this without Your strength. According to God. God is not looking for criminals. A humble man recognizes his own inability and his own insufficiency and depends upon God alone. Our strengths. God Uses Our Weakness (1:26-28) God uses men and women who abandon their reliance on their own natural abilities and resources and cast their dependence totally upon God. He died as our substitute. when God is looking for a man to do a great job. An awareness of our position in Christ (vv.” Weakness demands humility. sicknesses and various types of suffering into our lives in order to humble us and to keep us dependent upon Him so that He can display His power and use us in the lives of others. In other words. . though they are good. (Story inMalaybalay Mindanao) “God uses weak things. We are to be weak so that we are left with no choice but to depend upon God. can actually be a hindrance and rob us of our usability. II. Our weakness is God’s weapon. our own inability. II Corinthians 12:10). God’s Weapon I Corinthians 1:25-2:5 God’s ways are no man’s ways. I. setting us free from the penalty of sin and identifying Himself with us and setting us free from the power sin and giving us new position in Christ.Our Weakness. II Corinthians 3:5. (II Corinthians 12:7) God often brings infirmities.Victory over sin begins when we become aware of and appropriate the reality that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ. A humble man has a proper evaluation of himself. the weak. IV. and dependence displays God’s power. the greatest man that ever lived-apart from Jesus Christ was John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11). 1-10): when Christ died on the cross. and humility brings dependence. It is only when one is content to be nothing and depend upon nothing but God that God can be everything. “God. In the eyes of the world. then we will see God’s ability and His sufficiency in every area of our life. Paul showed the true meaning of humility. God uses people who are dependent upon nothing but Him alone. (I Corinthians 1:26). September 16. He wants us “dead and alive”. (Isaiah 40:29. difficulties. It is only when God is everything that God is content to display His power. Humility Brings Dependence (2:1-4) God requires humility to keep us weak. However. He died for us and as us. That is exactly the reason god used him. dead to sin and alive to Him.

it is based on God’s word. Abandonment brings with it deliverance (v. . Abandonment begins with a decision (v. it’s your obligation. some are piled on them by life’s circumstances. 1-2. and then watch to see how God wants you to help. Let us help one another in prayer and any ways we can show that we love them as Christ had loved us. making us one with His death and resurrection. 13-14): in order to maintain victory over the power of sin. An abandonment of our person to Christ (vv. We are dead to sin (vv. we can criticize the person for being weak. acceptance. It is realized by appropriating our provision in Christ. and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. thus empowering us to walk in the newness of life. and it is maintained by abandoning our person to Christ. 6-8): crucifixion of the old man is not something that we do.14): we can anticipate daily deliverance and continual victory over indwelling sin. B. A. the eyes. There should be no room in the Christian’s heart for selfishness when so many people need help with their burdens. People carry all kinds of burdens. Appropriation empowers for Holy living (v. He. Appropriation terminates the dominion of sin (v. III.11b): the power of Christ is absolutely adequate for our every need.” It is being aware of the fact that Christ has made adequate provision for you and depending on this fact to be true. 2010 (Pathway to Power by Michael A Redick) Carrying Burdens November 11. B. An appropriation of our provision in Christ (vv. or we can offer to help carry the load. This includes the body. we can do one of the three things. We are one with Christ (vv. and now they struggle with the consequences: pregnancy. Galatians 2:20. 2010 “Carry each other’s burdens. and placed His power within us. ears and tongue-our entire being. August 19. Christ defeated the penalty of sin. (Ephesians 4:22 & 24. We are alive in Christ (vv. If we are surrounded by hurting people and we are not moved by compassion. by faith.11a): Faith is not based on feeling. Victory over sin begins by being aware of our position in Christ. Colossians 3:5) C. 13): we are to surrender “ourselves to God”. 11-12): the word “reckon” is a bookkeeping term and means “to impute to one’s account” or “to count on a fact as being true. B. We can pretend not to notice. we must continually yield ourselves to God. When you are a friend to those in need. II. the feet.” ~Galatians 6:2~ When someone we know is struggling under a heavy weight. 3-5): the word “baptize” in verse 3 pictures our oneness with Christ when He died for us and as us. Others have made foolish choices. Maybe they’re dealing with grief.A. or a broken home. Salvation totally identified us with Christ. 9-10): our salvation identified us with Christ’s death and resurrection. public embarrassment. the love of Christ is not in us. You may think their burdens are none of your business. It’s a great joy and an unparalleled privilege to get alongside someone who is heavyhearted and help lift the burden. the hands. You can ease their load by showing love. imputes victory to our account. It refers to our Spirit baptism or to the day of our salvation (I Corinthians 12:13). addiction. or an abusive parent. broke the power of sin. A. Ask God to lead you to a hurting person today. it refers to something that has already been done. and encouragement rather than indifference or criticism. you help ease the load they are carrying.

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