1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10 has Paul giving a history lesson on how God’s children got to where they were.  “For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea”.  They all came out of Egypt the same way following the same God and escaping through the same grace.  “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ”.  God led them to safety, but He was not pleased.  “Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness”.  They forgot His blessing and fell into idolatry.

So why does scripture take such care to record those things?  “Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as  they did….Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come”.  God desires us to walk successfully with Him.  He’s given us a manual to give us the path to success.  We merely need to walk in obedience to His will.  We need to stay in sync with Him and His standards.  It’s not impossible.  They chose idolatry, sexual immorality and put Christ to the test.  That didn’t end well.

But we have their history and God’s success manual (the Bible) at our disposal.  Plus we have this promise: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”.  Did you catch that.  NO temptation we face is beyond our ability to resist.  It completely comes down to choice.  We are not victims of sin.  We choose to sin.  Which means we can choose NOT to sin as well.  And one of those key areas is how we relate to God and His rightful place on the throne of our life.  When we allow ANYTHING else to take God’s place, it is idolatry.  “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry”.  We have to choose to keep God on the throne!

Paul goes on to give us two key live principles that we should remember.  “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up”.  We have a lot of flexibility in how we live before God.  But life is not just about us.  In fact, it really is not about us at all.  We often take the selfish approach and think only of ourselves and not the consequences of our actions on those in our patch.  That is not God’s way to live.  We must always pay attention to how our choices impact those around us.  He goes on to give us the real measure of those choices we must make.  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”.  It is about asking ourselves whether the choice we face will honor and glorify God.  Does it give God glory, or is it an embarrassment that we are Christ Followers failing to live for Him?  That is the question.

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