Edifying or Expedient?

Many times we find ourselves in an activity that isn’t specifically covered in scripture: a gray area, if you would have it. God has given us strict commands, but He has also given us liberty to choose in certain areas. Just because an activity is allowed, does not make that activity the best for us.

1 Corinthians 10:23 says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” Paul tells the Corinthians that many things are allowed by God but these things may not be the best. God has given us great liberty, but that liberty does not exist solely for our own enjoyment, but for His glory.

We must always remember, just because scripture does not give a direct command against something, does not mean that that thing is best. When we exercise our freedom in Christ, we must ask ourselves: “Are we doing this out of a heart that is broken before God?” In other words, “Are we acting in the best interest of strengthening ourselves for the Lord’s work, or are we selfishly seeking to fulfill our own desires.” Christ has given us great liberty, but we should not abuse what God has given us to fulfill our own wants. We must always remember our purpose: to glorify God.

This post may have been more like a warning rather than an encouragement. However, I would like to encourage you: It isn’t about what we do, it’s about who we are. As we simply surrender to God’s leading, He will prompt and guide us into His perfect will. We don’t need to think our dilemmas through, simply follow the leading of His Spirit. God will work His perfect will in us. All we must do is surrender to his transforming hand.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. – Galatians 5:13


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