Date: Wednesday, April 10
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
Verse: Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. (1 Corinthians 10:24)
Most sports have some “unwritten” rules the participants have to get used to. Basketball is supposed to be a non-contact sport, but if you watched the college national championship game on Monday night, you saw a very physical version of the sport. In the National Football League they say there is holding on just about every play, but players know what actions will cause the refs to throw a penalty flag. In baseball, my favorite sport to watch, catchers “frame” pitches to make balls look like strikes, and middle infielders only need to be in the neighborhood of second base to turn a double play. The unwritten rule in every sport seems to be that the participants should try to get away with as much as possible. If the referee/umpire/official doesn’t see it, then it is deemed OK, even if it is against the rules.
This bleeds into our everyday living, too. Just think about driving. There are certain stretches of road where we know we can get away with 10 miles/hour or more over the speed limit. Our logic seems to be, if you don’t get pulled over, it must be OK. So we push a little harder on the pedal and keep up with the traffic.
We need to be careful not to try and get away with as much as we can. In this scripture lesson, Paul talks about the distinction between getting away with it (lawful) and being beneficial or building up. Our lives ought to be lived for the sake of the other, and we ought to do “everything for the glory of God.”
Prayer: Teach me, O God, to see even my play as an opportunity to bring you glory. Amen.
Action: Try and obey all rules in the day ahead. Note those you struggle to follow.
Respond: Without giving away too much, when do you notice yourself trying to get away with something? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.