Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 6:12(KJV); All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Unhealthy compromises in the Christian faith are born out of the inability for some to separate what is lawful from what is expedient.
Lawful things are those things which we are permitted to do because of some of the liberties we have as children of God. Such things may be in the acceptable will of God but are not in His perfect will.
Take the example of the issue of Christians taking alcohol.
The Bible does not expressly forbid us from taking wine. In fact, one can easily quote scriptures that permit it.
But, a wise Christian must ask, “As much as this is lawful, is it expedient?”
Another example is the Christian sister or brother who refuses to serve in a ministry unless they are paid for their time. It is lawful to expect payment but is it expedient? Is a salary the only reason you would serve God?
The thing about lawful things is their ability to bring you under their power when you choose them over what is expedient. That is why some strong Christians slip into drunkenness or why some come under the power of money.
The need to judge between lawfulness and expedience will arise in business, career, school, ministry and in many other areas of your life.
Compromise sips into the lives of Christians in small doses through tiny sips of what is lawful yet not expedient.
This is why I urge you to always weigh your actions on the scales of lawfulness and expedience; of the permissible versus the beneficial. Ask yourself whenever you decide to take a specific path: is this lawful or expedient?
The wisdom of God demands that you exercise restraint in all things and like a true master, choose the path of expedience over the path of lawfulness.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 10:23
GOLDEN NUGGET: The wisdom of God demands that you exercise restraint in all things and choose the path of expedience over the path of lawfulness.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I thank You for the wisdom that is at work in me and causes me to see the difference between what is permissible and what edifies. In this understanding, I live my life in Your perfect will, to the glory of Your name, Amen.