By Mary Stout
I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. (1 Cor 10:23, NIV)
My grandmother had an old movie of me at the age of three or four getting on a tricycle at the top of the hill and riding down it, crashing into the front of the car. I must have loved doing it because the old movie showed me doing it several times before I came up crying because Momma made me stop and I wanted to keep at it. Even as a little one I was a rebel!
It’s pretty easy to discern what’s good for you and what isn’t. Your instinct/feelings will let you know. In the Bible, it says everything is permissible but not all things are beneficial. Like a little kid who just knows they like something fun and does not understand the consequences of falling down and getting hurt, we are like that as well.
Paul said it best in Romans. I love the MSG version of this because it really shows us the truth of our need for Christ. “I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.” (Romans 7:14 -16, MSG)
We need a Savior to help us navigate this life. Why? Because on our own, we don’t. We have a sinful nature. We try hard to do what is right but more often than not, we fail. What we do does not give us a right relationship with God. It is the Father’s love for us and his actions that make us whole in his sight. Jesus came to live and die and rose again so our connection to him would be restored. All we need to do is believe.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for helping me see what’s good and bad for me. I trust in your guiding my life and loving me. As I walk this road, help me lean on you to do what is right for you. Mold me into the nature of Christ Jesus as I meet others so they may see your glorious love as well. In Jesus name, Amen