Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "When We All Get To Heaven"1 (Lyrics)
1 Corinthians 10:28-29,33 – (But suppose someone tells you, "This meat was offered to an idol." Don't eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you. It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks? I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don't just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. (NLT)
Our faith is one defined by sacrifices. Jesus gave up His throne, gave up His glory, and gave up His life, just for us to be saved. The apostles went through very uncomfortable circumstances to propagate the gospel. We must always bear this in mind so that we don't become believers of convenience.
Many times, we need to consider giving up our own rights and what we think that we deserve if it is going to help further the cause of the gospel or help to save another person. It takes selflessness to do this, but this is what Christ expects from us. So, while we are within our rights to do certain things, and our conscience permits us to do them, we must always consider what impact our words or actions could have on the lives of other believers, or even on unbelievers that we ought to witness to. We must never become so occupied with ourselves and our own needs that we ignore the needs of the kingdom. Let us do what is best for others, as Christ did for us.
Prayer: Father, give us the grace always to do what is best for the kingdom. Help us to see beyond our selfish desires. Amen.