Do you know what expedient means? Well, when I checked the definition online this is what it said: "conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right."
I Corinthians 6:12 tells us this: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." This is the Apostle Paul talking. Oh how I love Paul. I can't wait to meet him in heaven. I want to sit and listen to him tell the story of his conversion. I want him to tell me about his speech before King Agrippa. I want to hear him tell me about his little disagreement with Peter.
Paul tells Christians that while all things are lawful, it doesn't mean it is the BEST way of doing things. Before Jesus, the Jews lived under the law of Moses. Blood sacrifices were required. Many food items were considered "unclean" and therefore couldn't be eaten. Their lives were full of rituals and restrictions. But when Jesus came He fulfilled the law. He brought a more expedient way of doing things. Jesus said it doesn't matter what you eat, all things are clean. Matthew 15:11 says "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." So there it was, they could eat anything they wanted. No food was "unclean" for them, or for us. But does that make it expedient to eat four Hershey bars at one time?
We don't have to wear certain clothes and, as women, keep our heads covered anymore. But does that make it expedient to dress immodestly?
Is it wrong to drink wine or beer? I can't find one scripture that unequivocally says it is. The Bible says: "be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:8. But I will tell you this. The only reference in the New Testament to drinking wine that isn't a warning to not drink too much, is in I Timothy 5:23 where it says "drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." For me, I believe living a life completely alcohol free is expedient. For me, I believe it makes my witness to others stronger.
I believe we should strive to bring glory and honor to Jesus in absolutely everything that we do. Not try to figure out just how close to the "line" we can walk and still slip into heaven. I think we need to be mindful of what we watch on television and listen to on the radio. Does it bring glory to God? Does it build up your faith? If not, then maybe we should find another channel or program.
Do your friends provide you with accountability and encouragement? Or are they constantly pulling you away from God? Placing you in situations or circumstances that make the Holy Spirit in you uncomfortable? If so, then perhaps you need to reconsider who you spend your time with.
Most churches today try to be relevant. That is the buzz word these days. And I think relevant can be good. But if we are so relevant that there is no difference between "us" and "them" then we have failed. If relevant means we water down the message of the gospel that says there is a heaven and there is a hell and only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior will make heaven, then the blood of all those we have mislead will be on our hands. JESUS IS THE WAY. The ONLY way. There is no other.
So today, I ask myself. Is my life expedient? Am I choosing the better, higher way each and every day? Not just some of the time, but ALL of the time?
I challege you to do as I am doing. Ask God to show you if there is any place in your life that you haven't given completely over to Him. When we ask God to speak to us, He does. But we have to listen and we have to hear. And sometimes what we hear isn't what we want. But it is expedient. So today I reexamine my life. Even the little things that maybe don't seem to matter much. Because others are watching us. Our spouses, our children, fellow Christians, and non-Christians. I want NOTHING in my life that could cause someone else to stumble in their walk with Jesus.
I want my life to be expedient for Christ. I want others to see Him in me. I want my life to bring glory to Him. He deserves my very best. That is my prayer today.