This morning I was in 1 Cor 8 in my Sunday school preparation for this week. As I was studying through and reviewing the whole chapter – but especially 1 Cor 8:9-13 – I began to wonder about my own attitude toward things that I think of as forbidden or taboo. Things that I view as the idols of this world. What is my motivation behind avoiding those things?
Examining my heart, I realized that my motivation is similar to Peter’s in Acts 10:14. I avoid things to keep myself pure. I truly long to grow in Christ, and I don’t want to do anything to stunt that growth.
But that should not be my sole motivation. Yes, I long to grow, and yes I must have becoming like Christ as my life goal. But, when it comes to whether or not I participate in certain activities, how frequently is my concern for the growth of others? More often than not, my concern is selfish. That ought not be!
I am challenged to be more outwardly focused. I am challenged to think not only of my own growth, but of that of those around me as well. My every action should be to glorify God through, and a great deal of that is bound up in the furthering of His kingdom. Oh, my I not be so concerned about myself that I miss the ways I can be concerned for others!