So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31

We have spent a lot of time this week talking about skill. Things like developing your abilities and not being ashamed of where you’re at are important truths for us to hold onto. When we look at the story of David in 1 Samuel 16:14–23, there is this one fact that I keep coming back to. David’s anointing was to be king, not to be the playlist that ran during the king’s naps.

That fact highlights an important truth: God has given you everything you need to get you where you need to be. Maybe you are gifted in building but your anointing is missions in Africa. Maybe you are a talented musician and love worship but your anointing is CEO. These gifts may not be the end goal, but they are there to open doors. This is why the command in 1 Corinthians 10:31, to do everything we do to glorify God, is so important. You should always be ready for every opportunity God puts before you. This mindset will also help us to find the motivation and the drive to continue working hard, even when the going gets tough.

It’s also important to remember that success doesn’t only mean achieving wealth or fame. It also means being able to live a life that glorifies God. Success is about fulfilling our God-given potential and doing everything to the best of our abilities for His glory.

Dear Lord, we thank you for the reminder in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that we should do everything we do for your glory. Help us remember that when we do everything to glorify you, we are participating in your work and calling in our lives. Give us the motivation and drive to continue working hard, even when the going gets tough. And help us to find success not in wealth or fame but in living a life that glorifies you. In Jesus’s name, amen.