“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything” (1 Cor. 6:12).
Here is something I learned from our Puritan forefathers recently. We desire to sincerely please our Lord and Savior who has redeemed us (2 Cor. 5:9; Heb. 11:6). Here may be something that will help us. These are six things to ask when you’re about to spend time and/or money (all from 1 Corinthians).
Six things to ask yourself when you’re about to spend extremely valuable time and/or money:
- Does this thing I’m about to do and/or spend money on glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31)?
- Is this thing I’m about to do and/or spend money consistent with the Lordship of Christ (1 Cor. 7:23)? Pray about each thing, and ask: “Will God be pleased?”
- Is this I’m about to do and/or spend money consistent with biblical examples? (1 Cor. 10:1-11)
- Is this I’m about to do and/or spend money on lawful and beneficial for me, mentally, spiritually, physically (1 Cor. 6:9-12)?
- Does this I’m about to do and/or spend money on going to help others positively and not hurt others unnecessarily (1 Cor. 10:33; 8:13)?
- Does this I’m about to do and/or spend money on going to bring me under any enslaving power (1 Cor. 6:12)?
May we redeem our time (and resources) wisely! Amen.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – ESV Ephesians 5:15-17
In Christ’s love,