It’s Punday Monday!
That’s what I get for trying to start off a post by cracking a joke.
Okay, moving on. Last week, I kicked off Mondays with Madi with the first way to kick the devil’s butt in your everyday life. Click here to read that!
Continuing with the series, I can’t wait to talk about the second way to kick the devil’s butt in your everyday life! Anybody ready to read on how to…
2. Glorify God through Your Gifts and Hobbies
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
I touched a little bit on this in my Finding Your God-Given Purpose post. We can glorify God through our gifts and talents He’s given us and the hobbies we like to do!
Once in a while there are Christian football players who give glory to God when they win the Superbowl, or Christian champion gymnasts who win a gold medal, but we can have just as much of an impact on peoples’ lives and continue to kick the devil’s butt everyday! We need to glorify God and shine a light into our own communities / realm of influence as we live our life everyday.
I have a ton of examples – I literally spent an entire afternoon giving my dad different careers and asking him how someone would glorify God doing that (literally – from park rangers to car mechanics), so if you’re curious about how to glorify God doing anything, just ask. ?
Let’s say you have a hobby of blogging – you could glorify God through this by running a family-friendly, God-honoring blog. (An example would be what I am doing with my other blog, Delightful World of Dolls. It is about my hobby of doll collecting – to have a safe, fun site for doll lovers of all ages, I have a page that shares the Gospel and a prayer of salvation for people who want to get saved can pray, and 100% of my ad revenue goes to world missions.)
“God-honoring stuff should be the best stuff out there.”
Have a gift of writing? Write clean material that’s awesome! God-honoring stuff should be the best stuff out there. Janette Oke is one example of a wonderful Christian author.
Like to act in or direct films? Take the Kendrick brothers for example! They make epic, clean, God-honoring entertainment that is successful in Hollywood (the goal of every movie doesn’t have to be getting people saved, even – just God-honoring).
What about those in the business industry? Take Christian business owners being generous and supporting ministries with their money and resources to see people saved, for example – God will bless that and their business!
What about teachers? My former children’s pastor’s wife is an example. She has the responsibility of teaching kids that could grow up to be nation shakers – the next generation of devil butt-kickers!
Literally, the list of examples could go on and on! We can use our passions, hobbies, gifts and talents to glorify God and inspire others to do the same. A lot of what’s listed above are things you can do to glorify God when you’re older (directing films, teaching, etc.) and have found your purpose, but like I said in my post about finding your God-given purpose — when we just focus on loving God and loving others, putting God first and foremost above everything else, and glorifying Him through what we do, everything else will fall into place!
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him [glorifying God through your gifts and hobbies!], and He shall direct your paths.”
^ My emphasis in brackets.
The devil hates it when we do amazing things for the glory of God. Look at all of the talented secular music artists or actors out there – God gave them gifts and talents but they’ve chosen not to glorify Him through it. You can watch their lives go in a downwards spiral time and time again.
We’ve got to rise up and do what we do for a higher purpose than ourselves – and glorify God through everything we do. The devil hates that!