“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
It’s a question that I was asked a lot growing up, a question that I now try to ask myself when I’m tempted to do something that isn’t in my best interest.
That question: Will this glorify God or not?
It’s a very simple question with very simple answers. Answers that we may not like. But answers that will bring us a whole lot more joy in the future.
WHY ARE WE HERE ON THIS EARTH?
This is yet another question that gets asked so often. Again, the answer is quite simple. We are here on this earth to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). The work that we do–no matter how simple, is to be done like we were going to give that completed project to God (Colossians 3:23).
It’s not about how much money I can make or how big of an impact I can make. We live to shed light on One name and One name only. Jesus Christ. His Name is the only Name we should strive to place in lights. Now, this doesn’t mean that we should just replace our name with the Name of Jesus on every form we ever fill out. It means that we should allow God to work through us (Philippians 2:13). The way we live should be a direct arrow back to God.
THE FREEDOM WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN
We as God’s beloved creation have been given a great freedom. The freedom of choice. We can decide what it is we want to do and how we want to live. God being all-powerful could have just made us do what He wants us to do. But, He didn’t. He gave us a choice. He lets us decide if we want to follow His plans for our lives. God is not going to just ignore the hopes, dreams, and desires we have for our lives. He created us (Genesis 1:27). That means that He created those hopes, dreams, and desires in us. He already knows that they are there. We have to trust that He is working in our lives and that His plans are there for our good. As we yield our will to His He gently changes our desires to be His desires.
Just because He gives us this power of free choice doesn’t mean that we should abuse it and sin all we want just because He offers us grace (Romans 6:1). We should try to stay away from sin and not willingly walk into temptation. But we should also know that it’s not impossible to sin. Just because we have committed our lives to Jesus doesn’t mean that we will never ever sin again. All humanity sins (Romans 3:32). But, the good news is that there is grace that Jesus died to give us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
So, lately, when I’m tempted to make a decision that may not be the best for me at that time I have asked myself this one simple question. Will this bring glory to God? Answering this question honestly and acting on our answer will not be easily done. But, it will be better for us in the end.
Until next time,