Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 10:23 (AMP); All things are legitimate [permissible — and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].
In the spiritual realm, there are things that are permissible but they are not necessarily beneficial.
That is why Paul differentiates between the permissible and the beneficial.
Christians who have not understood this carry a lot of unnecessary weight in the spiritual realm.
The Bible says that this kind of weight easily besets (Hebrews 12:1).
The Greek word used for beset is “euperistatos” which is also translated to mean “thwarting a racer in every direction.”
These weights can frustrate a man in his course. They are sometimes carried under the deception that they are a part of one’s divine mandate, yet in truth, these things only make the Christian laggard.
Take as an example the vanities of ministry which shape the aspirations of some ministers of the gospel.
They include ambitions like having the biggest cathedral in the nation, running institutions like schools and universities or having a television ministry.
These in themselves are very good because they reflect the blessing of God upon one’s life.
However, when the pursuit of them is weighed against an individual’s understanding of divine purpose, they are sometimes exposed as vanities.
When pursued as a minister’s ultimate goal, they become unnecessary weight and as such, may easily divert a man from his course.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 12:1, Philippians 3:8
In the spiritual realm, there are things that are permissible but they are not necessarily beneficial. Christians who have not understood this carry a lot of unnecessary weight in the spiritual realm.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for defining my aspirations beyond the things that are temporal to the testimony of things that echo through eternity. My eyes are set on the high calling which is in Christ, on the demands of eternal purpose, on the direction of your mind for the Church and on the things that define the axis of eternal life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.