11- January 2018- When in Doubt, Choose That Which Builds Up

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1 Corinthians 6:12

Discernment in our daily choices is a key ingredient to successfully growing our relationship with the Lord. Good choices build us – – unwise ones stack up into a discouraging load that eventually becomes over-whelming.
1 Corinthians 6: 12 says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” Paul was focusing on the material things and physical temptations of this world when he expressed the concept that we should not be mastered by anything.” The word Paul uses for “mastered” means “to have or exercise power or authority over anyone; to possess independent control over.” In other words, we must be sure that no one, no idea, no cause, no power, is allowed to gain control of us to the point that we become subject to it. We are already owned as believers- by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
In the first century when a person was sold into slavery they became the absolute property of the one who bought them. The “lord”- their owner and master- had complete control over their daily lives and activities. They were often brought into the family that purchased them in such a full way that as the years went by, they became considered a part of that family. They were totally, completely owned, period.
In the same way, we are owned by God through the gift He gave of His Son, Jesus. The idea that anything on this earth could ever exercise so much influence over us as to hold independent authority in our lives is unthinkable. And yet if we’re not vigilant, that’s exactly what can happen. Take a mental inventory of your life…the way you spend time and money, the things that attract your attention and occupy your mind. Can you honestly say you are glorifying God? Can you honestly say you are concerned with how things affect you, and by extension, how you affect others around you? To what does your life witness the most effectively- the Lord and what He’s done for you (1 Peter 3:15) or are you planted firmly in this world in every way? God’s slaves cannot also be the slaves of another master- and only we can personally make the choices every day to ensure our complete loyalty and obedience to the One who paid a high, high price for our eternal salvation!