Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
Here Edwards repeats his theme from resolution 1, God’s glory. It is honestly hard to understand what he means when he says, “…nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it”, but the whole of Edwards’ desire is a real life application of 1. Cor. 10:31, “Whether you eat or whether you drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
In everything we do, from getting out of bed to laying down again, from answering our phones to loving and leading our families, from working at our jobs to enjoying our leisure, God must be honored, adored, cherished, and treasured above all things. No event, day, hour, minute, and second is neutral. God must be glorified in all of them. Edwards wrote this resolution because he loved this truth.
This resolution also reveals the folly of sin, leaving God out of the equation for any moment, second, or millisecond. Sin is not merely doing bad things, it’s doing good things apart from Christ. Sin is doing anything apart from faith (Romans 14:21). Therefore, let’s follow Edwards’ desire and not waste our days, but spend them and seek to be spent during them for the glory of the King, Christ.