3487911_s1 Corinthians 6:12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.

We live in a free country. There are a lot of things we can do. We can purchase food and drink but how much we consume and what we consume could be detrimental to our health. We are free to be in relationship with whom we want. There are no prearranged marriages or “honor killings” like there are in some Muslim countries. Yet some of the relationships we choose are unsafe. We can watch anything we want on TV. We are no longer restricted to basic cable but some of these television programs and biased news channels can poison our minds.

With freedom comes great responsibility. As believers we have been set free through Jesus Christ but not to become slaves to our senses.

  1. Everything is lawful but not beneficial. Laws are changing everyday in America making it possible for people to do whatever was forbidden. Some laws need to be changed. The legalization of Marijuana could be said to be one such law. Many nonviolent drug offenders are behind bars for laws against Marijuana; that was only made illegal because minorities used it. However even with the legalization of it, people still have to discern whether or not the use of it becomes an addiction.
  2. Food is for the stomach. It seems that some things that are lawful are natural but may not be good for you in the long run. Fast food is cheap and tasty. However the processed food over time can add fat to your body that could lead to disease. Everything that feels good ain’t good for you.
  3. I will not become a slave to anything. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We evict God from our lives when we choose other masters. God’s Spirit cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. God’s law supersedes man’s law. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Said that we have a moral obligation to break “unjust laws” that don’t line up to God’s higher standards. Segregation was a law that needed to be broken because there is now no distinction for those who are in Christ Jesus!

It’s time to take inventory of our lives to see what is beneficial for our lives and what we have become slaves to. Usually the thing that is bad for you is the thing you say, “I can quit anytime I want to…” No you can’t! You are a slave to what is slowly killing you. You need God to deliver you from slavery and addiction. Everything ain’t good for you!

Dear God,

Help us to see what is good for us and what could potentially kill us. Help us to live healthy; emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially. The choices we make today may determine whether or not we are free tomorrow. Set us free indeed!

In Jesus Name,
Amen