Lest righteousness becomes self-centered

“Is it okay to play this game?”

“Well, it’s not like it’s bad. I think, maybe, if it was a bit more graphic or something… but this is fine.”


Now, I’m not here to judge whether the game in question here was in fact good or bad. That is not my goal. What I mean to call attention to today is the motive.

It’s far too easy to justify something that we want to be good. If we want to do, think, speak, or see a certain thing, we want to think then that it cannot be anything bad. We may call things “Christian liberty,” but one needs to watch that the motive for them is not self-centered.

Scripture is the standard for our day-to-day walk. By God’s Word we know how we are to act, speak, and organize our lives. But we know that there is no passage that says right out that it’s okay to read that one book you just got from the library, when you are feeling bored. The Bible still does give us direction in even these “insignificant” affairs.

Colossians 3:23 tells us, that in whatever we do, we must “do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Further, I Corinthians 10:31 reads that we must “do all to the glory of God.” Our lives aren’t just lived according to lists of what is okay and what is not. When we are questioning the “good or wrong” of a specific thing, what we really need to hold in question is our motive. A godly walk is not one ordered around the self, but towards the glorification of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So rather than asking, “should I be doing this?” or, “is this okay?” a better question to ask yourself might be, “am I doing this to God’s glory?”


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