This message was given to me back on Dec 28 2014, so it speaks of the holiday season.
1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1Co 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
1Co 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
I want to look first at vrs 33, as if one did not know any better they may think, Paul was a man pleaser, he was anything but.
How do we apply this lesson, this truth, what does it mean. Lets first look at Clarkes commentary.
1 Corinthians 10:33
Even as I please all men - Act as I do: forgetting myself, my own interests, convenience, ease, and comfort, I labor for the welfare of others; and particularly that they may be saved. How blessed and amiable was the spirit and conduct of this holy man!
We read in the word Paul said when he was with a Jew he was a Jew, when he was with a Gentile he was as a Gentile, that all may become saved, he was not a politician, he was wise as a serpent, I won you with guile, not deceit, but wisdom, as a trapper hides his net, anything to catch all men's hearts for Christ.
Clarke puts is short, sweet, and simple, it simply means, Paul forgot self and concentrated on others. This is very practical in the holiday season, esp. with youth, it is not about self it is about the lord. Christmas is a pagan holiday, Hanukkah is not, but added later as a non Mosaic feast.
Feasts of lights, the Catholics saw the Jews celebrating the feast of lights and said, hay we want our own feast, light a tree and make some cash, that is all it is about, money.
Forgetting self and helping others is the best way to spend the holiday, work in a food kitchen for the homeless, give a gift to someone in need you may not know, show love, mercy, compassion, we are all sinners saved by grace.
Vrs 31, whatever we eat, drink, or whatever we DO, Do all to the glory of the lord, so my question is, are you giving the lord glory in all you do? We all make mistakes, and sin, I am not talking about perfection, I am talking about daily self sacrifice, daily soul wining, daily anything, is it for the lords glory, or yours?
Let us think on this, in the holiday season, and everyday, let us strive to lift up Jesus, let us strive to please others and not our self, it brings joy, happiness, and inner peace, a gift is not a gift , until it is given away, what is your gift, are you using it? If not, its not a gift until you use it, until you give it away, what a time to give your gift to another that all may be blessed and edified.