You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24
The world is so connected. More than it ever has been before, at the tip of our fingertips we have all the information we could want, even as I write this a quick Ctrl + T and I will have a new tab with the familiar “Google” logo and the opportunity to search the vast world of the internet to answer my questions, to plan a journey, to catch up with sporting events, to see what is trending on Twitter, I could look for anything.
And this connected world opens up opportunities for us to do whatever we want, the only restrictions applied are those we put on ourselves. Our culture tells us to be whoever we want to be; to do whatever we want to do. But honestly there is something far better than being whoever you want to be. Be who God wants you to be.
The writer of 1 Corinthians Paul is addressing an attitude among Christians that says, hey God has given us freedom and his grace means he will forgive whatever we do, so let’s go crazy, do what we want and it’s cool because God forgives us. And note how Paul’s response doesn’t deny it, he warns it’s not good for you and it’s not beneficial and then I love how he ends his comeback, “Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.”
The world sure could use more people focused on using their freedom, their voice, their time and their gifts to do good for others. It’s so easy to focus on ourselves and there’s a time for that but in a connect world we should realise more than ever we cannot thrive if we try and do it on own our. We can only be all God wants us to be when we use our freedom as children of God to show love and kindness to others. And it’s not why we do it but trust me if you sow kindness and generosity to others, you will be amazed how people will respond show kindness and generosity to you.