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Is It Okay For A Christian To . . . ?

July 14th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, sermons

We’ve all heard the question before.

“Is it okay for a Christian to. . . .(fill in blank here)?”

Perhaps you are asking it right now.

As Christians, we want to avoid the things that will hurt us spiritually. There are not only things that will build us up, but there are also things that will tear us down. When we start to do something, we should ask ourselves, “Does this build me up spiritually?”

The apostle Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23). The Amplified Bible expands these thoughts like this: “All things are legitimate [permissible--and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].”

Try this test.

The next time you are considering doing a particular activity, ask yourself this:

  • Does this activity you are considering it bring you under its power? You don’t want to be under the power of anything but Jesus Christ.
  • Do you have an uneasy conscience about it? As Romans 14:23 says, “Whatever is not from faith is sin.” Whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful.

Change your outlook on being a Christian

If you think the Christian life is boring, then you haven’t yet learned how to walk with God. He will change your outlook on life.

I think a Christian can look at a beautiful sunset and enjoy it more than anyone else, because the Bible says God has given us as Christians all things to richly enjoy. There is a deeper level of appreciation on our part. We can appreciate the simple things in life and find more pleasure and more fulfillment—not because we are looking to things, but because we are looking to God.

Consider the words of Psalm 1:1: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” Here, the word “blessed” means, “Oh, how happy.”
So if you want to be a happy person, then walk with God as closely as you can, as opposed to trying to figure out how much you can get away with and still be a Christian.

4 Responses to “Is It Okay For A Christian To . . . ?”

  1. Teresa Rodriguez says:

    Gregg I appreciate this so much because I get this on the job from other christians I work with who ask the same. We are under Grace but its not a license to do whatever you want and still call yourself a “child of God”. The perspective in our choices I agree with you is to question,Does it build you up or stumble? I dont want to give just lip service, I want to personnaly show the world I know God because I reflect his character in what I do and say. You may be the only bible someone may be reading by your conduct.

    Thank for this advise.
    Teresa

  2. Scott Smith says:

    Great post Greg! Love it!

  3. David says:

    Pastor, It’s been a long time coming for me but, i want to thank you for calling us back to reaffirm our love for Christ. I sat there Sunday morning hemin’ and hawin’ about standing up to receive Christ in my life at the end of service. I don”t know what it was, maybe the holy sprit but, I told myself why not “it’s okay” to accept the lord publicly and proclaim it. Thank you for the “New Beginners Bible”, It is a real treasure to use. To all this book is like reading the teacher’s notes with his permission.

  4. Amy says:

    Hey Pastor Greg
    This blog was encouraging. The question gets brought up so much and I hear it a lot because my family isn’t Christian and I get criticized the most and I always gotta be watching even THE WAY I WALK around them because I am supposed to be the example of Christ.
    Thanks for this :)
    blessings

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