As a leader I’ve had countless believers ask me questions like, “What’s wrong with drinking alcohol?” or “whats so bad if I get a tattoo saying I love Jesus?” or “How far is to far in my relationship with my boyfriend or girlfriend?”
Questions that they had the answers to before they even asked. I’ve found that most times they ask in hope that I’d side with their flesh man and go against that still small voice that whispered to them the moment they picked up the bottle or the moment they stepped into the party.
The first sin committed by man in the bible involved eating a fruit, a fruit that God made and placed in the garden with Adam and Eve.
What’s wrong with eating fruit?
We all know the answer to that question, nothing at all. It’s wrong when God says it’s wrong. That’s how I judge right from wrong. Not by if it seems innocent enough or its what everybody else is doing or even by this famous statement, “well I never saw God say that that’s wrong in the bible”.
I don’t live my life by a list of Do’s and Don’ts, I am led by the Spirit of God. He is real in my life not a concept that I’m taught about in church, a real person living in me, showing me truth and guiding me daily.
When I don’t know what to do or which way to go I turn to Him, He has never let me down.
Think about the majesty of Jesus and the fullness of who He is. Now, do you think that while He walked this earth He was concerned for one minute about do’s and don’ts? Do you think He was wondering what people thought while the prostitute was washing His feet with her hair? What about when He entered the tax collectors home?
Jesus was a man on a mission of love.
He would do only what His Father told Him to. True love eliminates the questions. Jesus walked in love and love gives you freedom to live in righteousness. Love makes you take your eyes off of you,and causes you to consider your brother also. I could say so much more about this, but I’ll leave you with a scripture that pretty much sums it up.
Roman 14: 17-23 (NLT)
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.
You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.