Daily Bible Reading: I Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)
I know the Bible reading is a lot – I get it! I’m busy too! But, this entire chapter is devoted to eating, and what the Israelites did right – and wrong, and it’s important to read the entire thing in context.
We will come back to the Israelites later in our study, but today I want to pull out two verses:
vs. 23 – “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
vs. 31 – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
I want to break down verse 23 a little more because I know the KJV can be a little overwhelming at times.
The first part of the verse says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient.” In this context, expedient means “to avoid offending others weaker.” Whew, boy. That cuts me to the core. Basically, what this verse is saying is, “I can eat whatever I want, but if I eat this triple chocolate brownie sundae, I could cause someone else who is weaker than me to fall into temptation.” Say I go out to dinner with a friend who is also trying really hard to get on the healthy eating track, but isn’t as far along in her journey as I am. While we’re at dinner, they bring the dessert tray by. Before I know it, I’ve talked my friend into splitting the dessert with me. Now I’ve caused her to cheat on her goals, and that could be the temptation that sends her into a spiral downward. All because I couldn’t say no to the dessert tray. I’ve eaten what I wanted, and I’ve offended someone weaker than me in the process.
Now, let’s go on to the second part of the verse: “all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” Edify literally means, “to build up.” So, tell me: How is that triple chocolate brownie sundae going to build me up? It’s not. It’s going to make me feel fat, weigh me down, and then I’m just going to feel guilty.
Then, we come to verse 31. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Did you catch that? Whatever you do: whether you are eating, drinking, or whatever it is, do it ALL to the glory of God. How am I going to glorify God in my eating choices? I promise you, it’s not by eating the entire box of donuts. Every choice we make, whether it’s about what we eat, or whether we sleep in or get up and exercise, directly reflects our attitude toward God. “Yeah, I love you, God, but right now, in this moment, I love this brownie more.” Or “Yes, God. I love you, but not enough to roll out of bed and spend time with you before the kids wake me up.” Every choice we make: Sweet tea or water, Brownie or banana, exercise or sleep – whatever we do should honor God. Wow.
Now, I understand that there are times when we can’t do things, and things that are out of our control happen. I can set my alarm for 5am, and Sawyer will be wide eyed and bushy tailed at 4:30 in the morning. There will always be excuses. There will always be another choice. But, God calls us – each one of us – to make the choice to glorify Him. On those days when Sawyer is up before the sun, I will hold him. I will rock him, and I will sing him songs about Jesus. Eventually, he falls back to sleep. Sometimes, it takes a very long time. Sometimes, I have to get the other kids ready for school. I do everything that needs to be done to start the day, and then I read my Bible. Sometimes, it means my workout won’t be as long that day. Sometimes, it means I turn on the TV for a few minutes and let Carly and Gage watch Paw Patrol while I read my Bible. But I’ve still given God HIS time.
Now, I am not perfect. I love sleep. A LOT. Like, seriously, stay-in-my-bed-until-noon-and-it’s-still-not-enough sleep. But, it’s a choice I HAVE to make: do I want to honor God that morning, or do I want to put myself before God and stay in bed? When you ask yourself a question like that, it’s hard not to get up and give Him the glory.
If you haven’t already memorized I Corinthians 10:31, I want you to. Then, throughout the next 4 weeks, I want you to remember it every time you are faced with a choice. I want you to choose Christ.
1. Are you a morning person, or a night owl? Do you need to change that in order to succeed in this challenge, or do you think you can make it work?
2. Are your eating choices edifying you, or do you need to work on them? What do you need to work on most when it comes to what you put in your mouth?
Task for Today:
Workout for at least 30 minutes and drink at least 8 glasses of water.
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