Wednesday 28 August, 2019
Longing for the beneficial
“All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]” (1 Corinthians 10:23, AMP)
There is a lot of talk about rights today than ever. Everyone claims for a right even when some of the said entitlements in these rights aren’t beneficial to the body and soul of a man. Regardless of the rights doctrine, there are quite many things that are permissible but not all are helpful to enriching one’s body and soul. For instance, it may be lawful to drink alcohol and be drunk, but drunkenness which might be lawful is not beneficial, it is detrimental to the body’s health and our spiritual life (Eph. 5:17).
As a believer, you are being called to carefully exercise your freedom in Christ by subjecting your engagements to the question; is it beneficial, constructive and edifying to my body and spiritual life?
Although Christ offers to us a freedom, our freedom should be worked out in a manner that continually helps us to grow towards Christlikeness. Any choice for the sake of freedom which does not otherwise benefit the body and soul is an abuse of freedom.
Let us take the Pauline challenge—long for the beneficial than the lawful to ensure, ‘whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (v 31). Remember we have this divine imperative: ‘whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ (Col. 3:17). R.C Sproul has said it all: “The only freedom that man ever has is when he becomes a slave of Jesus Christ.”
Prayer: Grant me O Lord the ability to discern that I may devote my energy in whatever is beneficial, constructive and edifying to the glory of Christ. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi (PhD Student) is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di and West Nile Diocese serving as a chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School and Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. If you desire to support his ministry or partner with him or seek spiritual guidance, kindly complete the form below. Thank you for visiting this site. Kindly share this devotion on your social media sites if it has blessed you. You may also chose to subscribe to receive this daily devotion s right in your mail inbox.