Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
All Things (Part 18)
Are Not Helpful
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV) *
Miraculously, Jesus died to make us free: free from all things causing death and distance from God; free from the influence of Satanic legions and free from punishment for Laws we could not keep. Most of us cherish this freedom, and we are helped.
Miraculously, Jesus lived to show us how: how to walk by faith through the most terrible things; how to love people others judge as sinners and how a King lives in simple humility. When we forget how Jesus lived, no one is helped.
1 Corinthians (Chapters 6, 8) and Romans 14, discuss our liberty in Christ. Although eating or abstaining from foods is a focus, the core of the message is clear: 'Resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way' (Romans 14:13).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Our eating habits are important, but much more so, our living habits. Because you were designed to be seen. Because you were raised to reflect Christ. Because your fans want to copy you.
Maybe junk food doesn't make you fat. Maybe you can afford a mansion. Maybe lots of bling is just your thing. Maybe dressing skimpy is your choice. Maybe you have a reason to hate. Maybe your complaint is justified. Maybe you know sin when you see it.
But are you following your Leader?
Fans want to eat as you eat, live where you live, dress how you dress, show all you show, hate what you hate, gripe when you gripe and judge who you judge.
What if your lifestyle causes someone weaker to stumble? Is helping yourself more important than helping others? If so, it shouldn't be.
To Be Continued...
* 'There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, in which we must stand fast. But surely a Christian would never put himself into the power of any bodily appetite. The body is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness to holiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/6-12.htm
* 'But all things are not expedient; when the doing of them destroys the peace, comfort, and edification of others; when it stumbles and grieves weak minds...' (Gill's Exposition): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/6-12.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.