Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 6
Making Good Decisions
When we are confronted with a choice in an area of our lives that Scripture does not directly cover, how do we know what choice to make? How do we know what God would have us do? In today’s reading, Paul gives us two principles to consider when confronted with that kind of situation. First, you need to ask yourself if this is something that is beneficial to you spiritually. Will it help you become more like Christ? Will increase your burden for lost people and will it help you reach your mission field? The question to ask is not only “Will this hurt me?” but also, “How will this help me?” A second question to ask yourself is whether it will cause you to become controlled by it. Drugs and alcohol are obvious examples of some things that control people. They are wrong because they become the master and control behavior. But so can TV programs or relationships or sports or even rank. So the next time you are faced with one of these decisions, ask yourself not only if the activity is permissible but if it is beneficial and if it will control. In what areas of your life do you need to be asking these questions? Is there an area in which the Spirit of God is confronting you?
What kinds of things might not be sin, but would not be “beneficial” to you?
What kinds of things might not be sin, but could control you?
What specific area of your life do you need to examine with these two questions in mind?
What personal commitment can you make in light of this passage?