Today's Lectionary Text
1 Corinthians 10:23-33
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience, for “the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.” If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I mean the other’s conscience, not your own. For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved.
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TO PLEASE GOD
Whom do you strive to please? The question is of more than passing importance. Do you do only that which pleases yourself? Do you seek social approval from others? Or are you living to please God?
The great conductor, Toscanini, who had just directed his orchestra in a selection by Beethoven, said, “My orchestra never plays for Toscanini, nor does Toscanini want the credit. First, I conduct the music as if Beethoven were listening. And second, I want Beethoven to hear it correctly.”
This is also the mood of the Christian as he seeks only the approval of God, the author of life. Our greatest satisfaction is in pleasing Him, for we remember St. Paul’s “do all to the glory of God”.
Christianity colors the whole of life! Everything has to be brought into subjection under the Spirit of Christ. Common activities such as eating or drinking remind us of God’s goodness and love in providing for our needs. Our work, our play, our goals and our ideals must all be determined by our desire to please God above all else.
Lyndon United Methodist Church
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The sincere seeker finds God.
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