Genesis 49:1-28; Psalm 89:19-52; 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1; Mark 7:24-37
May those in the Body of Christ be edified and the lost be led closer to the truth for the glory of God. Lord, let only your truth be revealed in these words I have written. Amen
“Today is such a nice day,” the billionaire’s son thought, “I will see how fast I can drive my Porsche 911 through town on the wrong side of the road. If anything happens or I get stopped, I will just say, ‘Do you know who my father is?’ That should take care of everything.” At first, you may say to yourself, “What an idiot! Who would do something so careless and dangerous? Someone could get hurt regardless of who his father is. Aren’t there rules?”
“I don’t know about the son in the 911, but I have been saved. Rules do not apply to me. I am saved, washed by the blood of Christ, freed from death. My Father is God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I am not of this world; the world’s rules do not apply.” So I thought when I was first saved. I felt I could do as I pleased, without a price to pay. To make sure, I checked my “Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth” handbook – my Bible. In 1 Corinthians 10:23, I read: “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible, but not everything is constructive.” This is a very convicting verse for me. It is the theme I got out of today’s readings. In Genesis, when Reuben, Simeon, and Levi did as they pleased, they were passed over by their father; Judah was made first and given blessings. The psalmist is so concerned over God’s anger towards David that he questions if God is going to keep his covenant with him. If David is one of God’s anointed, how did he provoke God’s anger? It’s a good thing for me that God does not break his promises or covenants; I would never finish the race on my own. Besides, my relationship with my Father is not about what I can get away with or how far or many times I can cross to the other side of the road; it’s about what I can do for his glory. Then why are we, children of God, given so much freedom? The answer is simple: to glorify our Father.
If we choose not to throw our lives away, not to waste them by returning to the way we were, and if choose to live them to glorify the Father, the smallest part could nourish someone in need. The last reading says this when the mother speaks to Jesus, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Could it be we are the children, and even though we can, we are not to throw our gift away, but eat of it what we can, and the rest shall fall to the those that are in need?
If I am a child of God, is it right to give my life to this world, chasing after worldly things, driving down the wrong side of the road for fun, with little regard for whom I might hurt? Should I not live it in ways that even the tiniest pieces (crumbs) give hope to the lost? For me, not everything is permissible – not because I can’t, but because of my love for Jesus. When I am not sure, I ask myself three questions. Is it good for me? Is it good for the body of Christ? Is it going to glorify my Father? Are you sometimes that man in the Porsche? Do you feel as though you can cross from one side to the other without harm? Do you think of others or only of yourself? Have we earned the right to do as we please? I am going to guard the gift I have been given and do my best to use it in ways that honor the one who gave it to me.