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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.