Girl Holding Plant“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any,” (1 Corinthians 6:12, KJV).
What does it mean for something to be expedient? The word expedient gives the idea of something that is helpful, profitable or beneficial. In context the verse is discussing something that is beneficial for more than just one person or individual. The Bible encourages us to seek things that help everyone on the path toward heaven (cf. 1 Cor. 7:35; Heb. 12:10; Matt. 5:29). Some things are described as ‘lawful,’ contextually denoting the idea of something that does not explicitly contradict to the commands of God. Thus, the above verse teaches the idea of following God’s design or purpose for life by exercising self-control and looking toward the benefit of self and others, making sure to remain in control of the action instead of the action controlling us.
No matter what the action is we need seek the things that are practical and appropriate to the situation. Honestly ask these three questions: 1) Is it expedient? 2) Is this helpful or profitable? and 3) Can I be brought under its power? Desires is natural; however, we cannot allow any of those desires to gain the upper hand by controlling us. One may love sports, but what happens when a major or minor sporting event becomes more important than worshiping God or growing spiritually? One may desire financial stability, but when one’s desire or love of money chooses for them it is called the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Seek the more excellent way by living life in a way that thinks about the choices we make.
Let us not be enslaved, but be profitable and helpful in all we say and do. “My beloved brother: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,” (James 1:19), so we may know and discern good from evil.
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