The Good and the Best (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 263)
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NLT)
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.
As individuals with free moral agency, we have the right to do anything we want. We can go where we please, say what we feel, and express ourselves in ways that fit our nature, culture, and background. But not everything we choose to do or think about saying is beneficial to us or to the people around us.
Some things are good, but there are some things that are best. Rick Warren said, “Some things are not necessarily wrong; they’re just not necessary.” Paul gives us the same advice. It may not be wrong for us to tell who we feel when we are angry with all the emotion that goes with it. But there are times when it is just not helpful or beneficial to do so.
Many of the decisions we make in life will be black and white, a distinct difference between right and wrong. But many choices will entail grey space. It won’t be black and white. But it will be a matter of what is good and what is best. It may be good for you to head to the movies with a friend but it may be more beneficial for you to study for three hours before going to bed.
You would think there isn’t much of a differentiation between what is good and what is best. Many things are neutral in terms of morality. To make the right choices, you don’t stick to what is good, but what is beneficial in the long-term. God wants to make you a better person. He wants his children to improve in his kingdom but thinking, acting and being in ways that are reflective of his grace.
Take time to evaluate your daily life. What are your habits and routine? What do you do when you get home from work? Is your idea of what is good the same thing as God’s idea of what is best? What do you invest your time in the most? Whatever your answer is to these questions make sure what you do is reflective of your faith in Christ and that it mirrors God’s best.
“It is ignorance or at least lack of consideration of heavenly things that make the temporal things of this world, whether good or evil, greater than they really are.”
— Tom Patton