Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Reflections: Man is free to make any choice of his own. However, our greatest challenge is what to choose. In answering this question, the Apostle Paul shares his philosophy of choice with the Corinthian church. He brings up two key issues which guide the choice he makes – expediency and edification. He subjects any choice he has to make to how expedient and edifying it will be to his life. Expedience refers to the relevance and appropriateness of the action to his life. Edifying implies how well the action syncs with his Christian faith and the level of spiritual benefit it will bring to him. Thus when an action he is about to take does not satisfy these two criteria, he abandons it. What a way forward to help you make choices in life! You are free to choose but your choice should be informed by how expedient and edifying that action will prove to be. Happy new year!
Prayer: Dear Lord, in this new year, help me to involve myself in actions that are relevant and beneficial to my spiritual development.
Confession: Even though I am free to make choices, I will not involve myself in actions that are not relevant and beneficial to my spiritual development.