[CF Devotionals] 2012-03-20 - God-Centered Choices

The Epistles of John ~ Part 23 ~ 1 John 2

It is important that we recognize that God calls us to a walk in light. We do need to remember that our walk is to be different from that of the world. This difference is not so much in actions, though clearly we should not do much of what the world does. But the difference between the believer and the citizen of the world is in what drives behavior.

John would ask, are we God-centered? Do our choices reflect a concern with first of all pleasing God?

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1Corinthians 10:31).

Notice this doesn't say what we can or can't do. Paul is calling us to an attitude of pleasing God. If we can please God by our actions, then what we are doing is acceptable.

Or, are we self-centered? Do our choices reflect a focus that says, "What makes me happy?" The "Me Generation" expressed this well. "If it feels good, do it." We must examine our thought processes. Do most of our concerns center on our personal and/or emotional comfort?

This can be observed in the following questions.

  • Husbands, is much of our relationship with our wives typified by how their behavior makes us feel or inconveniences us?
  • Wives, is a major focus of your lives, how your husband fails to meet your needs?
  • Parents, does much of your concerns about your children focus on how their behavior affects your comfort level?
  • Young people, are you always concerned about how your parents interfere with your fun? Do you worry about what your friends think of you? Do you see your teacher as an ogre, placed in your life to make it miserable?

These same kinds of principles can be carried over into any of our relationships, employer to employee, or vice versa, pastor to flock, or parishioner to shepherd. Do our concerns focus on ourselves, or how we can move towards others in obedience to the Lord?

To be continued

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