All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Cor 6:12
The first part of this verse is hard enough – utilizing discernment to determine what I should leave off simply because it is not profitable for the furtherance of the kingdom of God. But, then comes the second half of the verse.
How many things do I allow to master me? Emotions. Schedules. Activities. Desires. Food. There are so many things that I want or need. There are so many things that are a part of my day. But, the question comes down to mastery. Am I mastering all of these things, utilizing them as I seek to glorify my Savior? Or, are these things mastering me?
Far too often, I become the slave. Slave to my earthly desires. Slave to food. Slave to a schedule. Slave to the computer. Slave to the expectations of someone other than my Lord.
Paul is pretty determined – I can almost hear emphasis in these words. “I will not be mastered…” I am challenged to have the same determination – no master but Christ Himself.