I have the right to do anything

[Originally posted by lachlanedwards2013 on 27 November 2015]

1 Cor 10:23-11:1

We enjoy incredible freedom in our country, unless we are found to be guilty of an offense against Australian Law. Then our freedom is restricted.

Freedom is seen to be a right. But this right can turn into an incredible wrong. For the very precept of having freedom is that I get to choose what I am free to do. That in itself is not wrong thing, but often places our motivation in the wrong place.

In 1 Corinthians 10:23 Paul quotes the so called “Super Apostles” who had infiltrated the Corinthian church as saying “I have the right to do anything” to which Paul responds: “but not everything is beneficial… or constructive”

Our freedom should not seek to serve our own desires “but the good of others” (10:24).

The secular expression of freedom to do what I want can also infiltrate our church. This can be a great blessing, or very destructive depending on the motive. If we seek to gather with the motivation to serve then our freedom becomes a great blessing. If when we come to church we are looking to satisfy our own needs (need to be roused by the music, inspired by fallible human preachers, have a sense of belonging through a particular community) then we will almost definitely be disappointed at some time.

Paul himself says in 9:19

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

The beauty of the freedom we have in Christ is that we are free to be slaves to everyone. Sounds ironic. But what a blessing it is be free to serve as a small reflection of how the Lord of the universe has served us.

May God grow in us the freedom to generously serve.

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