July 24th – Believers at the Buffet


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“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again…”–Galatians 5:1

     As a child, I loved eating at buffets. The buffet not only meant a wide variety of food, but it meant unlimited access to as much of it as you wanted. Skip the salad, go straight to the pizza, chicken-leg, taco and mashed potato combo. Top it off with freshly-baked cookies and sprinkled-covered ice-cream and you have experienced “fine dining” at its best. C’mon, what kid doesn’t love that?

The older I get, however, the more I realize something: sometimes you need to say “no” even if you are allowed to say “yes.” Sometimes, for the betterment of life and health, we must restrict and refrain ourselves from selfish and sinful desires. The liberty we have in Christ does not give us a free, unlimited pass to frequent the world’s buffet.

The apostle Paul spoke of this when he said, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). The believer is free in Christ and should glory in the liberty of grace. But God never intends liberty to be used as a means of indulgence and worldly pleasure. The price has been paid, and we can make our rounds at the buffet. But just because we can, doesn’t mean that we should. Godliness is saying no, even when you have the liberty to say yes.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: Ecclesiastes 1-4

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