You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything….Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
God bought you with a high price. So you
must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:12, 19 - 20 (NLT)
Our life’s choices are inextricably linked to what’s in our heart…what we care about.
A builder in the Midwest offered a special deal on “extras” he could put in some houses he was constructing. That section of the country is tornado alley, so one of the extras was a basement “tornado room” guaranteed to save the family. Of the ten houses he sold, nine families chose the tornado room option. On the tenth, sold to a couple in their late 70’s, they rejected the safe room, and chose the hot tub!
Now, that couple figured their choices had to be based entirely on what was important to them; It was ALL based on them. If you figure that way in the Kingdom, you’re going to spend a lot of time in God’s “woodshed”.
Here are three questions for followers of Jesus Christ that you can use as a test to see if you are in line with what Paul said about choices. When you make your choices about the way you live, what you do, and how you treat others, it will be good to ask these three questions:
Is it holy before the Lord?
Is it helpful to the body of Christ?
Is it a hindrance to a lost person?
God paid a huge and holy price for us; those questions are not optional for someone who would be a follower of Jesus Christ.