“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” – 1 Corinthians 6:12
Paul had just finished talking about how the believers were suing each other and acting like the world. He tells them that they are living like the unrighteous worldly person and reminds them that those who do not know Jesus will not spend eternity in heaven. And then, he reminds them that as Christ followers, they have been washed of their sins and not justified by what they do, but justified through faith in Christ. Then, he gets to this point in verse 12.
As Christ followers, we are free from the bondage of sin and our goal should be the prize of heaven. Why then would I want to get caught up in things that would hinder my walk with the Lord? Many things in our country are legal now and I am within my rights to do them. But, what benefit do they bring me? Sure, they may bring temporary fulfillment and numb me for a while but after it is all said and done, I am still left empty. And if I continue to do them as a Christ follower then I have brought myself into bondage with the world again.
I need to be very careful here. What each of us do on our time is between us and God alone. We are the only ones that know what freedoms we have in our walks with Christ. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to help you with those convictions. I would just ask each of us to think of one question though about those freedoms and it is this; does it bring you closer to Jesus or push you further from Him?
Do not allow your freedoms to entangle you in the world again and hinder or weigh you down in your walk with Christ. You are free in Jesus. Remain free and stay close to Him and see if you even need those “freedoms” in your life anymore. Those are temporary but the high He brings is eternal!
“Evil is alluring, attractive – and utterly deceptive. People are drawn to the forbidden because they believe, wrongly, that it will bring satisfaction and contentment. “If I just had that, then I’d be completely happy.” The reality is, however, that when we chase after what is forbidden, we’re left feeling emptier than before” – Chuck Smith