- Erik Davis
Reading Through the New Testament In 2016. Day 143. 1 Corinthians 10
This chapter has the famous line people quote often “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”
A few weeks ago I went to a Justin Bieber concert, and sat by myself. That in itself was an interesting experience. But that’s a story for another time. After the show, I was invited to go to a club after the show because it was free cover for those who had Bieber tickets. I quickly thought about it, and then decided to just do it. I showed up, and kinda felt weird the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to dancing. If you’ve ever seen me at a wedding, you would know that.
But I felt weird because the thought that was racing through my brain was “What would happen if someone from our church saw me here?” and “Would they judge me or think differently of me because of that?”
The chapter concludes with something beautiful. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
I think sometimes we think too much of where we are. The only people who judged where Jesus was located was the Pharisees. And Jesus didn’t seem to have too high of an opinion of them. Sometimes we get a little bit too wrapped up of what we are doing and the perception of where we are. Because the question shouldn’t ever be: “What will people think?” It should be “ What does God think, and is he glorified by it?”
So go to the club after a Bieber show. But ask yourself the question of how you are honoring God by doing that. Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. But let’s not get too wrapped up on other people’s opinions of what you’re doing.