Daily D – 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
1 Corinthians 10:23-24
“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. (NIV)
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. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. (NLT)
Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well. (MSG)
This is a text for our times.
This is a text for all times and all people groups.
A personal right is never as important as another person’s well-being. Consumption at the cost of another person’s peace, safety, or ability to thrive falls short of the mark. Use personal rights to serve others before you serve yourself.
Blessed are those who have arrived at the place where they realize, “It’s not about me.”
The best way to live well is to help others live well.
The most meaningful lives are expended over time in selfless service.
The next time you wonder, “What is this crazy life all about anyway?”, look for someone to serve. Find a truly needy group to give financial assistance. Step up and lean in to serve. Perspective shifts and meaning accrues when we turn the focus from ourselves to others.
Live well by helping others live well. This is the kind of life God blesses.
I will live well by helping others live well.
Our Father, I need fewer mirrors in my life and better prescription eyewear for seeing the needs of others. Empower me to see as you see and to do what you want me to do in service to others. I want to live well by helping others live well. Amen.
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Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“
Numbers 27:22, 23 Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua, had him stand before the priest Eleazar and the entire community, laid his hands on him, and commissioned him, as the Lord had spoken through Moses.