‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say - but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’ - but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.’

If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, ‘This has been offered in sacrifice,’ then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God - even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

- 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

"I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ." (31-33). Paul challenges the hearts of the believers in Corinth. He flips our thinking by putting the focus on others. This verse should mess with us. It forces us to honestly examine our thoughts and motivations and ask whether we live with others in mind.

"I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ." (31-33). Paul challenges the hearts of the believers in Corinth. He flips our thinking by putting the focus on others. This verse should mess with us. It forces us to honestly examine our thoughts and motivations and ask whether we live with others in mind.

Through this passage, Paul gives us a statement that answers many questions we will have as children of God. Questions that deal with what is acceptable for us to do in our lives. We tend to make decisions based upon what is best for us but Paul reveals that God's heart is for us to look to the interest of others, even before looking at our own.

Take some time today and ask God to develop in you a desire to look towards the interests and needs of others. You will find that as you begin to love others intentionally, you will encounter a freedom you have never known.

Jesus,

Thank you that you thought about other people before yourself. Thank you for your selflessness even though I didn't deserve it. Teach me to seek the interest of those around me. Teach me to be like you.

- John Meyne