To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 (NIVUK): ”‘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.”
Today, Selwyn looks at the last question: Have I sought God’s glory or my own glory?
He goes on to say: “This, too, cuts deep. In the final analysis what prompts your actions – self-interest or Christ-interest? Who has the final word – you or Jesus? For you see, the issue is this: if you control your life the Jesus cannot permeate it. You will not feel His presence as strongly in your heart. You will be more self-conscious than Christ-conscious.”
I don’t have much to say about the rest of today’s study. Basically because I didn’t get much out of it – just one of those days I guess – if you found something really interesting then perhaps you can share it?