Permissible But Not Beneficial - Sunday, September 16th 2012
1 Corinthians 10:23
"You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial."
People often think that Christianity is a list of do's and don'ts. While we should seek to walk in obedience to Christ, our salvation is not dependent on a list. Because we are saved by grace through faith, we have a freedom that the world does not understand. This freedom includes the right to make choices others may question and may include things the Bible does not directly speak about. Of course, even though we may have this freedom, we must ask ourselves...
Is what I'm about to do going to help build my faith?
Is it going to share my faith or the Good News with unbelievers?
Is it going to encourage people?
If the answer is "no" to all of these things, then it may be best to steer clear. Because of what Christ has done for us, we have freedom to make various decisions, but we also have the responsibility to make sure our choices are Christ centered. As Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians, "I'm allowed to do anything--but not everything is beneficial."
Life Lesson: Choose to spend time doing things that have a spiritual benefit.
Thank You for Jesus and that salvation is not by works, but by grace. Lord, I pray that You would help me to be mindful of the choices I make so that they are centered on You. I am thankful for the freedom I have in Christ and pray that I can use that freedom for the benefit of others and the Gospel. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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