A popular catch phrase this year is “Do you boo.” In theory it sounds whimsical and transparent; however doing you has consequences. Think for a moment if you really “did you” or did things you wanted to do. What would be the consequences of your actions? If I only did what I wanted to do, the world would be in trouble! Now take this thought a step further. What if everyone in the world adopted this mindset? If everyone did what they wanted to do, without considering the consequences, what would we see? How could we make a positive impact if everyone is interpreting life according to their own perspective? While the state of the world remains consistent, this thinking should not be the state of the church. Sadly, some have chosen the freedom in “do you boo” versus true freedom in Christ.
God has given us the gift of choice and we are responsible for how we “spend” our lives. The way we choose to use this freedom of choice determines if we truly understand truth from God’s perspective. 1 Corinthians 10:23 reminds us, “”I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial.”I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive(NIV).
As Christ followers our gift of choice must be measured according to the Bible. We cannot afford to creatively dance our way through life interpreting things as we feel. There is a dark world that needs the light of Christ, but they will never see His light if ours is dim or burned out. The “do you boo” theory must have been prevalent in Paul’s day as well. Paul reminds us that although we are free to do anything we want, the key is finding out if our decision is beneficial and/ or constructive.
Let’s look at a few examples:
Is it beneficial to share crude jokes? How is light of Christ demonstrated in the joking?
Is it beneficial to gossip about others? Is Christ exalted in the gossiping?
Is it constructive to say whatever you want to say in the manner you want to say it? Does God give His children a pass to “keep it real”?
The answer each time is no. It is something that we can choose to do, but since this choice doesn’t build up others it is harmful to those who choose to engage in it.
God is expecting us to make decisions that honor Him today. Not tomorrow, not next year, not in another two years, and definitely not when you “feel” you are ready. Choose to show integrity and character before others. Choose to watch what you say and make sure your words are edifying and uplifting. Choose to love as God commands us to love, not with strings attached. The list of choices we can make to honor God are endless, but you must choose to allow your life to be an example for Him. The Bible gives us great wisdom on how to make right choices. The Bible isn’t only great for the coffee table or for casual reading it is a must read to live in true freedom!
Remember doing you today has consequences that will affect your future. God has a plan for your life that is beyond your wildest dreams! The way you will be able to enjoy his plans for you is to make sure that instead of “doing you” you make sure to “do God.”
Questions of the Week:
Have you ever decided to make a decision the way you wanted to? What were the consequences of your choice? What wisdom would you give to someone to make a better choice than you did in the situation?
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