Lifetime Ministries
Daily Devotional

From your Pastor;
“All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.”              
              1 Corinthians 10:23,24

    Just like the Corinthians Paul wrote to, today, many new Christians struggle with their own new found freedom in Christ. Now as then Christians are asking the same age old question, “what can I get away with and still call myself a Christian?”
     Instead of giving a list of neat little Christians rules, Paul tells them they are asking the wrong question. Instead of “how far is too far” they should be asking, “what can I do to benefit others?” How can we intentionally seek to help others, even at the risk of my own freedom? Being a totally different question, it is a question that will and should change your life. 
     Stop right now! Do not read any further.  Or ask yourself this question, “how am I setting up other people to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ?
I told you to stop reading, but now you have committed yourself. That is what Paul is saying here. That is the very heart of the matter in this verse. And yes, it is applicable to us. 
     You are free in Christ Jesus. You have the right to do whatever. You even have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, what would your life look like if you were willing to sacrifice those for the benefit of others? 
      Paul uses the word “seek,” meaning our aim is intentional. My actions are not based on my freedoms, but upon the care and direction of others. Others who are watching, wondering, perhaps seeking truth for themselves. 
     When you were a child you played “hide-n-seek,” you were very, very intentional when seeking for others, (or else you were not very good.)
       What can you do today to intentionally seek the good of others? What can you do to help someone grow closer to Jesus?
                                                                           Bro. Clay