“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. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
– 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)
This week’s focus: Service
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 focuses on freedom in Christ. Paul notes that many things are not sins. The question of eating meat from animals that had been sacrificed to idols was an issue in those days. Paul said, essentially, it’s just meat. But, he noted that some people had a hard time with it. Therefore, he indicated that even those Christians who knew it was just meat should abstain from eating it for the sake of others.
He concludes the chapter by saying we should do everything for the glory of God, and do nothing to cause others to stumble.