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Our Choices Matter.

Weekly Devotionals

Our Choices Matter.

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. (1 Cor 10:31-33)

Every day we have choices to make. It is thought that an average person makes upwards of 5,000 choices per day.

According to a TED talk by Dan Ariely’s he gives the example of organ donor options on driver’s license forms:The overwhelming majority of drivers in the UK and European countries didn’t not check the box on their driver’s license application form. The “Opt-in” option meant that if you didn’t check the box, you would not be an organ donor. On other forms they provided an “Opt-out” option. Meaning, if you didn’t check the box, you would be an organ donor.  In either case, most people didn’t bother to check the box. They just resorted to the default choice.

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Interestingly enough the reason was because people didn’t know what to do so they decided not to choose at all. As believers we cannot resort to default choices.

In our passage today, the Corinthians also had a choice to make. The question for debate amongst the Corinthians was whether or not they should eat food sacrificed to idols.  And Paul’s response interesting. He says that its not so much about the food, but more about why you choose to eat or not eat it.

Paul’s position here is that if it matters to someone else, then it should matter to you. In other words, if eating the food is somehow going to hinder the unbelieving person from believing in Christ then don’t eat it. And he concludes by saying that we are to do all things to the glory of God, but the why is equally important: so that many might be saved.

Our choices matter. Our behaviour matters, they especially matter if they matter to someone else. We cannot always go with the default choice. Society and culture often lead us to make default choices. We are called to stand against the grain and be salt and light in this world.

This week, let’s pray that in our speech and in our actions the choices we make would be used to glorify God, and ultimately lead others to Christ.