Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Dangerous Question
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
What does it mean to test God? It is the mentality that asks the question, “As a Christian, how much can I get away with and still be saved? How far can I go and still be a child of God?” In other words, “How far to the edge can I get without falling off?” It is a dangerous question to ask.
The church at Corinth had developed a similar problem. It was located in the midst of a metropolitan city, with visitors coming from all around the world. The city of Corinth was entrenched in sin. The problem with the believers there was that they thought they could commit certain sins and it would be acceptable to God.
Paul had to set the record straight. He wrote to the Corinthian believers, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23).
Let's not push the limits and see how much we can get away with as believers. Let's go the other direction. We should be asking, “How much more can I know this One who died for me and forgave me and has done so much on my behalf? How can I become more like Him? How can I make an impact in my world for Him?”
Let's not take for granted all that God has done for us in our lives. May we never see how far we can go and be guilty of testing the Lord. Rather, let's stay as close to Him as we possibly can.
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Finding Hope in the Last Words of Jesus
"For me one of the most intriguing and fascinating elements of the Easter story are the words that Jesus said as he was hanging on the cross for our sins. These seven profound statements are His last words . . . and contain some of the deepest theology and most meaningful statements in the Bible."
Finding Hope in the Last Words of Jesus, Greg Laurie’s latest book, examines each of Jesus’ seven statements from the cross, and reveals Christ’s humanity, His sovereignty, and why we can trust God with our lives.