"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive. (1 Cor. 10:23)
"We each have lots of rights. We have the right to life, friends, marriage, family, safety, security, health, and happiness. We have the right to eat, drink, watch, wear, read, study, listen to, and say whatever we want. We have the right to organize our schedule, spend our time, choose our career, make our money, use our money, take our vacation, and plan our retirement. We have the right to do what we want to do, go where we want to go, and live how we want to live. However, the cross compels us to surrender our rights for the sake of the gospel here and around the world." David Platt
The cross of Christ compels us to surrender all of our rights for the sake of the gospel...ALL of our rights. The cross of Christ compels us to rearrange our lives so that everything we do promotes the spread of the gospel.
Am I willing to rearrange my finances, vacations, free time, career, and relationships to make His Name known to the nations? How much of my daily life do I spend spreading the gospel of Christ? I can get so caught up in the day to day tasks of making a life and making ends meet that I forget my purpose. God has put me on this earth for one purpose...to make His Name known.
As Christians in America we can get so caught up in making a life for ourselves that we forget that this life is not about us. God did not create us and place us where we are so that we could spend our days striving for the things that make us happy. Our culture is obsessed with being happy. The media wants us to believe that if we're not happy then we need to go buy something, travel somewhere, meet someone new, pamper ourselves, etc.
Many in the church believe the same way except they add one little requirement...make sure you give a little something to the church first. And if you have lots of money, then give a little more to some other charitable organizations. If you do that then nobody can make any judgments about how you spend the rest. It's your money and as long as you give a little then you have the right to do whatever you want with the rest.
But that's not what the cross compels us to do.
The cross compels us to look at the 4.5 billion people who are on their way to spend an eternity in hell and ask "What can I do?"
The cross compels us to see the one billion people who do not have access to safe drinking water and ask, "What can I do?"
The cross compels us to put ourselves in the shoes of the two billion people who live on less than $2 a day and ask "What can I do?"
The cross compels us to fight for the 27 million people who are victims of modern day slavery by asking "What can I do?"
The cross compels us to weep for the 26,000 children who will die today from starvation or preventable diseases and to ask "What can I do?"
Can I believe the gospel and turn a deaf ear to those who are unreached and starving? And the answer to that question is absolutely not. It is impossible to truly believe in the gospel of Christ and turn a deaf ear to those who’ve never heard of Him or those who are starving outside our doorstep.(David Platt)
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