“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 (ESV)
Sounds really stupid, but who says Usain Bolt couldn’t lace up a huge pair of boots meant for the Alaskan winter and do his best in the next Olympics?
Let’s say he went there and did that – he could run, he’s the best ever, so he knows his way around a track, but that would totally impede his progress and his run for the prize.
There are all types of things we have freedom to do as followers of Jesus, but we need to be like Paul tells us here and look at the bigger picture – how it affects us, how it affects others, does it help us in our race to win the prize of what God has for us?
The danger in going for all things lawful is that very often those things end up owning us – we actually lose our freedom(s) by ignorantly exercising them. It’s why Paul warns us to live wise so we are not “dominated by anything.” No one who runs a race wants anything – not the slightest thing – to slow them down. We run to win and “give it all we’ve got” (if you just heard Scottie from Star Trek telling that to Captain Kirk in your head – bonus).
Father God – help me to choose all I do and make every decision in my life, so that it constantly gives you glory and helps me to become more like Jesus. Amen.
* By the way – there are probably rules about not wearing boots at track events, but I was going for the shock value!