One answer is found in 1 Timothy 4:3-5: “[Some] forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”

Orange juice was “created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe the truth.” Therefore, unbelievers cannot use orange juice for the purpose God intended—namely, as an occasion for heartfelt gratitude to God from a truth heart of faith.

But believers can, and this is how they glorify God. Their drinking orange juice is “sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” The word of God teaches us that the juice, and even our strength to drink it, is a free gift of God (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Peter 4:11).

The prayer is our humble response of thanks from the heart. Believing this truth in the word, and offering thanks in prayer is one way we drink orange juice to the glory of God.

The other way is to drink lovingly. For example, don’t insist on the biggest helping. This is taught in the context of 1 Corinthians 10:33, “I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved” (RSV). “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Everything we do—even drinking orange juice—can be done with the intention and hope that it will be to the advantage of many that they may be saved. — John Piper

In today’s church, there are two types of people — publicly legalistic people who are privately licentious and publicly ascetic folks who are privately hedonistic. The word to both groups is the same: “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” The legalists sought their own good and ignored the way their approach bound the conscience of their neighbors. The licentious one sought their own good and ignored the way their approach scandalized the conscience of their neighbors. The word to both is, “Stop seeking your own good. Seek the good of your neighbor, thereby giving glory to God. — Stephen Um

God Glorifying Neighborly Principle #1: Don’t Bind Your Neighbor’s Conscience If God Hasn’t Declared It Off Limits

4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

God Glorifying Neighborly Principle #2: Serve Others With Your Every Day Choices

To Paul, this was true Christian freedom: to do whatever it takes to love one’s neighbor for the sake of Jesus. — Jon Bloom

Be Winsome

Be Strategic

Whatever you do, do it WELL for the glory of God, and do it somewhere strategic for the mission of God. — JD Greer

Be Worshipful

Transcript

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If you could turn in your Bibles to first Corinthians, Chapter ten. If you don't know where that is, look at your table of contents while you do that. We're in Chapter ten versus twenty three through thirty three this morning. And while you do that, if you are a guest here at Grace, you've been visiting for a while. Maybe this is your first Sunday. Great to have you. We would love to get to know you more on one of the ways that we've designed to do that is through a coffee with pastors Night tonight at six. Thirty at the Starbucks off of sixty seventh and Happy Valley. And we will buy you a drink. Don't get there too early, because then you'd have to buy us that drink. But we'll get there before you, and then we'll buy you the drink. And I'm really just a time for us to share with you the vision of our church and have you ask questions and interact with us and try to understand more about how we function and how you can get plugged in. So if that's you, please come to that tonight. Also, members. You're welcome. To come to. I don't know if I buy you a drink. Just depends. We'll see how it goes, but comment. Come and join us. There's been a few people that have come at previous passes coffees, and it's been a great joy to have our members there and can share. How how they have experienced grace here at Grace Church. So we're first Corinthians, Chapter ten, verse twenty three, three thirty three, and we are coming out to the end of almost two chapters worth of teaching around this topic of Christian freedom. Talking about Christian freedom are our blood bought liberty in Christ and some of the ways that Christians should think about using his or her freedoms. And there have been a lot that's been said to this point. If you haven't been keeping up with the Corinthian Siri's go back and read from at least Chapter eight. Maybe even Chapter six. Go back and read the whole book for the whole context. But there's a lot that we could saying There's a lot more that could be said, especially to this church in court. This church as a reminder, is a church that is very life mensch ISS in their liberties. Ah, church. It is abusing their freedoms, that church that's causing others to stumble. And as Paul comes to the end of this section in Chapter ten and really, you were preaching this section by section. But really, you've got to remember this is a letter, so it's being read out loud, and it just got this building force, and there's been a few chapters of this topic, and now it's building all the way up until verse thirty one. If you could read that along with me, as he sums up all that he's been trying to say when he says this inverse thirty one, one of the most famous verses in the Bible. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do do all to the glory of God. Do all to the glory of God. That is a powerful sentence. If you're looking for a life worse, you've got one right here. If you're looking for purpose in your life, if you're looking for meaning in your life, this one sentence infuses purpose and meaning into all of life. You were made to do all to the glory of God and not just the big things, not just be the skyscraper moments in your life but in the small and ordinary things of life, like eating pizza, drinking sparkling water, playing basketball, draining the three praying, singing to the radio, wrestling with their kids on the floor, grieving with your family in their loss, Do all to the glory of God. And your life will change. If you take the heart. This one sentence, your life will change. And the question that we're asking this morning is How exactly do you do that? How do you do? All to the glory of God? How do you eat pizza? To the glory of God? How do you smoke brisket to the glory of God? How do you shop for shoes? To the glory of God? How how do you disagree with your spouse to the glory of God. And as you start to think about it, maybe I should just call it Some people come up here and share your answer. He would find that it's a lot harder to define that. You think you might think it's like do write things, do good things. I don't exactly How do you define this? Well, we must understand it because we're called to do it as Christians. What whether you eat or drink or whatever you do that is all encompassing as you sit in the chair, sit in these blue chairs to the glory of God. How do you do that? Most of you are doing it pretty well, I think. How do we do this? But we're going. We're going to look at it in two different ways. First, we're going to consider the micro. We're going zoom in. How do you glorify God in the micro sense? We want to understand words, concepts and how they all work together. So so think about this. What does it mean to do something to the glory of another thing? Because that's what we're being called to do here. Where to do some things to the glory of another thing. So what does that mean? I think you can't really answer that question until you first consider what is the word Glory mean? What do we mean when we talk about this word Glory? It's the word Doxa and the Greek. It's where we get our word docks ology, and it simply means honor. It means to honor or to make famous. Honor, of course, implies that there's something of deep virtue that's to be honored. There's something that's worth celebrating, and so that's why you might hear people say something like You shouldn't watch that show because it glorifies violence or drugs or something along those lines, meaning it gives honor to those things, and it shouldn't Some commentators have said that this word honor is connected with this other word weighty Wait is something that has weight, something that has substance, something of value. You would know this just intuitively. If you take a bar of gold and a bar of aluminum and you put them on a scale, the gold is going to drop it fast because it's wait a year. It's heavier now. This's metaphoric. It doesn't mean that all things heavier are more valuable than the things that are lighter. But it does signify that there is a depth and substance behind this words. So to glorify something is to act in a way that demonstrates the proper honor and weight of the value of that object. So see if you can stay with me on this. A teacher lovingly and patiently instructs her students to the glory of her parents, who taught her how to trust God and how to instruct others as she does this. It's to the glory of that But that doesn't fully help us yet because it says here whether you eat or whether you drink, so that doesn't seem like it's very moral. Patients would have some moral connotation, but eating and drinking. How does eating and drinking demonstrate the honor and value of God? Now? I could have written a number of things on this, but I am going to call upon my favorite article one of my favorite articles written by John Piper, which was entitled How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God. Why would I write something myself when John Piper's already written How to drink orange shoes to the glory of God? So hopefully you can learn through this long kuo. Here's what he writes. How do we do this? How do we eat or drink to the Boy of God? One answer is found in First Timothy for three through five. When it's written. Some forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully noticed. That word gratefully shared in by those who believe notice that words and know the truth for everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected. If it is received with gratitude for this sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. So let's first Timothy four. Piper goes on to write orange juice was quote created to be received with Thanksgiving by those who believe the truth. Therefore, unbelievers cannot use orange juice for the purpose God intended, namely as an occasion for heartfelt gratitude to God from a true heart of faith. But believers can, and this is how they glorify God. They're drinking orange juice is quote sanctified by the means of the word of God and prayer. Now what does that means? He's gonna tell us the word of God teaches us that the Jews and even our strength to drink it at at even the capacity to drink it and the taste buds to enjoy it is a free gift of God. First, Corinthians four seven first, Peter for eleven. The prayer is our humble response of thanks from the heart believing this truth in the word and offering thanks and prayer is one way we drink orange shoes to the glory of God. So we receive it with thanks with gratitude, and we respond with Thanksgiving. The other way is to drink lovingly. This is great If you've got kids in your house, for example, don't insist on the biggest helping this's taught in the context of first Corinthians ten thirty three, which we're going to read a bit. I try to please all men and everything. I do not seeking my own advantage, but that of many that they may be saved be imitators of me, just as I am also of Christ and everything we do, even drinking orange juice can be done with the intention and hope that it will be to the advantage of many that may be saved as little kids observe you not taking as much as you could but to share it with them. Modeling this servant Hood and a lifetime of that combined with the preaching of the gospel people may be saved. And so here's how I would boil down what he said and maybe just expand a little bit. Here's my sentence. You ready? All right. Two knots. Okay, good. Can I get a little bit more interaction here from you this morning? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Thank you. Here's my sentence. The right action at the right time. If your note taker you're going toe is a pattern here, the right action at the right time with the right attitude for the right reasons glorifies God. The right action at the right time, with the right attitude for the right reasons glorifies God the right action, their actions that are immoral, their actions in a permissible or issues and drinking or shoes is not a moral praise God. So right action the right time, The right time glorifies God. If you have to steal that or choose to get it, it's not the right time. It doesn't glorify God. But if you have an opportunity to put in front of you, you're able to order and pay for at a restaurant. Then it's the right time. The right attitude glorifies God. We read in first Timothy heartfelt gratefulness and thankfulness for all that God gives you think about it, or out of a complete understanding of your undeserved nature, that you don't deserve anything from God but that God's been merciful to you and shown you favor and giving you joy and Christ. And out of this this gospel of Jesus is death on across saving your soul. He's purchased for you now every good blessing that you experience apart from Christ Death on the cross we would all be gone in Los. The right attitude glorifies God. Ah, heartfelt gratefulness. And then the right reasons glorify God. You do it so that you eat to demonstrate what a great provider goddess and the others may come to know Jesus, like, you know, Jesus. So that's my attempt to try to try to capture and, like one sentence how to practice these things. If you if you do these things, the right actions at the right time, with the right attitude for the right reasons, you will be glorifying God in your life. Dare I even say you will be treasuring Christ in all of life? But there's still something missing because all of these things have to do with the Christians relationship to stuff to material things food, drink. And if all you're trying to do is evaluate what you're doing with your life in isolation from everybody else, then this would be fine. You know, if you're if you're the on ly person on a deserted island and you need to know how do I eat coconuts to the glory of God than these four things are enough. But you know that if you've been going to the gyno Sicko project or you know, if you've been going to the to the women's study and collage in's not this week. But next week, you know, if you'd just read this passage before you came into church, you know something is missing here from the discussion. And what's missing here from the discussion is context. The issue in this text is context, because Paul's call to glorify God in this text is actually not so much about the food itself or the heartfelt worship that you should feel with every gulp of Dr Pepper that you consume. Not that that's wrong, but it is. In this text, there's actually a greater scope here, and now we're going to read the passage fourteen minutes in, and we're going to find out what the context is. So read along with me first twenty three. We'll see what Paul's addressing here. All things are lawful. That's in quotes. Explain that in a moment all things are lawful, but not all things air helpful. All things are lawful. But not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. Four. Quote. The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever step before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you this has been offered in sacrifice, then do not eat it for the sake of the one who informed you and for the sake of conscience, I do not mean your conscience but is for why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks. So here's our verse. Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or two Greeks or to the Church of God, just as I try to please everyone and everything. I do not seeking my own advantage, but that of many that they may be saved. So what is the context here? Tell us that Paul's concern is not simply with the dietary practices of the church. His concern is for people. His concern is for relationships and specifically, how the religious customs, the customs of their day, the practices of the culture affected the church and their freedoms and their corporate witness. You know, human beings do all sorts of weird things, and you mix and traditions and you mix customs and you know, you go to a different country and you observe their customs, and it's going to seem like it's completely back or tomorrow's. Some people drive on the other side of the road. Can you believe that? Yes, you can, my British friend I did that just for you. Customs and practices make their way into the church, some of them a moral not not related to morality. They're not good. They're not bad, some of them morals. Some of them have problems. Some of them are contradiction. Toe Christ and what he's addressing here, and what God is concerned with is to see his name glorified, to see his name honored to see his name. Wait E. To see is they made famous in the way that the church relates to others, and that's going to involve food. It's not about the food, but the way the church relates to others. In other words, the individual aspect of glorifying God vertically doesn't stop at your individual piety like how pious, how, how faithful you are. It's not just the vertical you in God. It's meant to be displayed in seen and felt through the horizontal of how the church interacts with the church itself and with her neighbors in the community and anyone you have a relationship with. And we see this played out now in the beginning of Verse twenty three and twenty four. Paul's quoting back to them statements that they wrote to him in a letter the's air true's that they're holding on to and they're asking him for commentary. And so he quotes back to them their words and he gives some tweaks, some adjustments. First twenty three. All things are lawful. They say Yes, but not all things are helpful if you just have Ah, is it lawful? Not lawful grid. You haven't thought through it enough. Is it lawful? Is it helpful? Quotes it again. All things are lawful. Yes, but not all things help build up. Not all things build this idea of this construction of a house. Not all things build First twenty four. Let no one speak his own good. But the good of his neighbor, Paul makes us really sharp sentence. Don't seek your own good. Speak the good of your neighbor, he's explained. What that means is he's elaborated all these chapters. I think that's why this is such a quick, sort of, like, stark, black and white kind of verse. He's trying to say, Don't be you centered. But be God centered. We're going to see that the end of eleven verse one, he says, Be imitators of me as I am to take Christ. Be God's standard still, that you could be other centered, Don't be used, entered, be God centered so you could be other centered. And that is the summary of the last few chapters of this book. Let's pause and just ask, Are you God centered in such a way that makes you others centered? Are you God centered in such a way that makes you others centered friends? This is the mark of a mature Christian. If you claim the name of Christ and you say I've been a Christian for twenty five years in your life, still revolves mostly around you, and people interact with you and they feel your love for you instead of your love. For Christ, that makes you love others. You're not a mature Christian. You haven't really grown in the Lords. It's also the mark of a mature church that the members of the church would get outside of themselves and be captivated with the glory of of God and Jesus Christ and find their joy and fullness and knowing and treasuring Christ. And that joy would cause that church to submit their personal preferences to the Lord so that their neighbor would be built up, not tor down. And since the church is made up of individual members, I ask you, does that describe you? Does that describe you or are you still operating like the unbelieving world around you? Does making up rules as you go to feel superior to others or breaking rules as you go to keep you from having to submit? That's one of two sides. We fall off. We make up rules. We break rules rather than submitting to God and serving. Others came across this quote this week from Steven On. He's a pastor and a commentator, and he wrote in today's church, there are two types of people publically legalistic people who are privately licentious and publicly aesthetic. Folks. Look, don't touch who are privately, he even mystic pleasure driven. The word to both groups is the same. Let no one speak his own good. But the good of his neighbor, the legal ist sought their own good and ignored the way their approach bound the conscience of their neighbors. The licentious one sought their own good and ignored the way their approach scandalized the conscience of their neighbours. The word to both is Stop seeking your own good, seek the good of your neighbor, thereby giving glory to God. And if I had more time to teach us out, I would say seeking others, Good is your good. But that's a whole nother statement. We find here the practical instruction to both illegal ist and the licentious and versus twenty five through thirty. So he's going to give some some practical instructions. Think about this from their culture. We're going to see the principles that relate to us. And he picks the two most common places that a Christian in Corinth would come into contact with food that was sacrificed to idols. They would come into contact with it in the market place or at a neighbor's house. And so here's here's the first principle, the first God glorifying neighborly principle. Number one. Don't bind your neighbor's conscience of God hasn't declared it off limits. Just how we conserve our neighbor and glorify God don't bind their conscience like a legal lists would. If God hasn't declared something off limits and I get this from verse twenty five, read that with me, he says to them. Eat what is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. Ryan, let me back up. Paul has said in chapter eight that there's a pagan temple worship. The church is in the middle of this pagan temple worship system, and this system involved animal sacrifices. And if you were here months ago and that sermon was preached, it would have been like having a Ruth Chris steakhouse connected to the church. And you have these sacrifices and animals would be killed. And then the meat would be prepared and served and sold. It would be it would be a delicacy to be a place you'd go for date night. You come in and you'd order your stake. It would be a rarity, and it was sold in the marketplace, and it was sold from in the temple and it was making. It makes it impossible to know in the marketplace where the meat came from without doing some research. And so there was a strong view in the church in the Corinthian church that said, You can't eat this meat. If you eat this meat that sacrifice to a pagan god, then you're somehow, you know, complicity in this pagan worship. You're you're participating in it. You're endorsing this false worship. It's on Holi. It's off limits. And Paul says No, that's actually not true chapter, eh? You, Khun, go there, it's on the screen. Here's what he says, he says. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered toe idols, we know that an idol has no riel existence, so you're not really sacrificing it to anything because it doesn't exist and that there is no God but one for, although there may be so called gods in heaven or on Earth as indeed, there are many quote gods and many quote lords. Yet for us there is one God, the father from whom all things are all things and for whom we exist, the one Lord Jesus Christ through whom are all things and through whom we exist. Verse eight says food will not commend us to God. We're no better off if we do not eat and no better off if we do It's principle here is it's not about the food itself. It's about doing good to your neighbor. No better off if you eat no worse off. If you do, he says, you're free in Christ to eat. And why look at verse twenty six for the Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. That's actually a quote from Psalm twenty four, Verse one. And this Kuo actually was used to incite a benediction of banks of Thanksgiving of thankfulness before meal. So how many of you pray before meals where you grew up? In a tradition that prayed maybe said, said Grace, before meals in this ritual tradition will, this verse would have been used to bless the food, so to speak. And Paul saying, Because there is only one Lord and one king over all the Earth who stomps out all fake idols and false gods and makes us his children through Jesus Christ. We enjoy him and threw all his creation. We give him glory. You can eat deep dish pizza to the glory ofthe gods. You can listen toe while produced musical scores to the glory of God. You, Khun watch realistic, emotionally charged theatre. The tops on human emotions and brings you to tears to the glory of God. But not so says the legal ists. The legal ist goes beyond what is written. I want to illustrate if you'll allow me, do I have your permission? Then why say stuff like that? Because then I just keep pressing on. I got it. I got one had not. So I'm moving on. Did you know? Did you know we're going to play an episode of Did you know? Did you know that the largest cattle ranch in the United States is owned by Mormons? The desert ranch in Florida is the largest cattle ranch in the United States in his forty four thousand cows. Now you're at Costco later this afternoon, and you really want to stake to celebrate anything, Fill in the blank requires steak. And so you go to the butcher and you're asking for a cut of filet, and then you think, Oh, wait, Can I do that? Because there's a good chance that that meat may come from the Desert Ranch Mormon ranch in Florida? You might be eating a Mormon steak, and so what? Paul is saying here What he's kind like unearthing is. Are you under obligation as a Christian? Now that you know that information about the ranch Toe asked that butcher where the meat came from. Are you under obligation? Paul would say no, and his reason is God owns those cows. God owns Florida. God's over all of those things, and you are no better off if you eat than if you don't eat, then The danger is is that Christians begin to isolate themselves from the world in an effort to maintain a ah self ah, self attained righteousness that actually kills their witness. In the long run, he gives a second instruction in verse twenty seven. There's a little bit more specific, maybe this might be a little more like actual, like day in, day out might happen. So example, too, says in verse twenty seven. If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you were disposed to go eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the grounds of conscience. All right, So here's the scenario. Your friend invites you over to watch what could have been the worst Super Bowl in the last ten years unless you're Keith robbers. But sorry, it was just a boring game or robs the Robert. But your friend's not a Christian. I want you to come over and watch the game. And so you're the Christian League A list, and and as you're going to sit down for dinner, he puts the plate of steak right in front of your face. It's been out there searing at five hundred degrees, belt butter melting over it, and you ask, Where did this beef come from? And your friends sort of like nonchalantly and without really knowing all the implication, says the desert ranch from Florida. And then you say, I can't eat the steak. I can't hear. I'm a Christian Christians don't eat cheese steaks, Paul would say, What are you doing in between bites of porterhouse shui? What are you doing? How will this conviction that you have, which goes beyond what God requires? How will that help you build up your neighbor who invite you out for dinner? How will the edify how will that buildup won't that neighbor simply have the wrong understanding of what Christianity is actually about? Won't that neighbor come away with a rule driven, You know, understanding of Christianity? That's more about religion, Paul saying. Dude, you don't have to be the meat conviction Nazi, you know. I mean, like, I'm using that kind of illustrative Lee. You don't have to be the one that's checking everything to make sure everything is right, because it's all permissible. And it's not about the food. It's about their relationship. E together received the hospitality, and when you do, you will have an opportunity to talk about something far more important than food that goes in your belly. You people talk about the food, the bread of life, the food that never ends, the food, the hunger that only God can confess. Ilyukhin talk about the joy that on ly God, Khun, give in Jesus the kind of joy that doesn't That doesn't go away. When life gets hard, what will build up the relationship? Lay aside your preferences to accommodate the preferences of others. God glorifying neighborly principle. Number one. Don't bind your neighbor's conscience if God hasn't declared it off limits. I'm not talking here about discernment. There's lots of other factors that go into making decisions, right. I get that you could say, Well, what if it's late at night and I don't eat after seven o'clock and now it's not. I'm not talking about that. Talking about this principle of, like, Freedom point to God glorifying neighborly Principal, too, is serve others with your everyday choices. Now he turns the table, the legal issues concerned with making sure others don't violate his self imposed restrictions. Now the licentious was concerned with making sure others don't constrain his rights. Don't get in the way of my rights. Don't tell me what I have to do. And Paul says that too is wrong as that doesn't build up your neighbor. So first twenty eight. But if someone says to you, this has been offered in sacrifice and I'm kind of I mean, I'm I'm sure I'm reading into this, But just using my imagination, I kind of hear that quote in Uist and whisper tones, hushed tones like somebody going. This has been offered in sacrifice, right? Like it conveys way, might not be able to do this because somebody else's conscience is weak and thinks that that's wrong. Well, then he says, if you've got the guy whispering to you on your right, don't need it. Why? Because the meat's bad? No, most likely what's a sat out for a week? But no, it's not for the sake of the one who informed you, the neighbour on the right and for the sake of conscience to key word here, conscience. And then, he says, and not your conscience. I mean, you're conscious. But his because the conscience is the place inside of us that God made for us two to discern whether something is right or wrong and then tow live in accordance with it. Ah, good, healthy, mature, godly conscience should be shaped and conformed to what the word of God says, so that whatever is actually true comes to your conscience and you act out of that and you can have in your conscience, you can have things that go beyond what God's word says, and you have what you have. Legalism and rituals and traditions that you feel like you must keep, even though God doesn't say, you must keep it. Or there are things in God's word that should shape your conscience and doesn't in your deficient. And you should be provoked and you're not. And he's saying, for the conscience of your brother, for the conscience of your neighbor, you should not eat. Which means you can't just make these decisions in isolation. That's what I'm trying to drive. This two. We're looking at this text, try to understand what it means and realising that this drives us to certain actions were to seek the glory of God by speaking the good off our neighbors. That's how we glorify him. We speak the good of our neighbors, and sometimes that means we don't bring up the desert ranch. And sometimes it means we don't need to meet. It's not about the food. It's about the people in the relationships. That's the clear implication in this tax that the conscience of the people around us should matter to our decisions. John Bloom, who is thie. He works for Desire ng God, and he wrote an article on this passage, and as he concluded his article, he said this to Paul. This was true Christian freedom to do whatever it takes to love one's neighbor for the sake of Jesus. And I'm just asking you this morning and I'm asking it of myself. Do you know God's love? Do you know the love of Christ in such a way that when you wake up in the morning, it compels you to think about the people around you and how you conduce them? Good. If you don't, then you need to know something about God's love because this is actually a picture of what God has done for us in Christ God. Seeking the good of others gave himself up for us on a cross. God, who is fully glorious, didn't have to do this. Not under obligation sends his son Jesus to come to this earth and a walk in our place and to take our place on a cross and to take upon himself the wrath of God that is ours when this world is coming to an end and you can't even imagine it. But God, the son Jesus took on his shoulders the furious wrath of God against our sin. All those little moments that you've just done and thought about moved on from God is stored up wrath against you for And Christ has come in this gospel in this good news. And he's comin. He's died. He's died in our place. God has sought the good of others by doing whatever it takes to love us, even death on a cross. So when Paul says here at the beginning of Chapter eleven, when he says in verse One be imitators of me as I am of Christ, he's just saying, just as Jesus has done for me. And so I do for you so you now do for others friends. This is where the power comes from the little life for Christ. It doesn't come from self will or self effort alone. It comes from knowing the sweetness and joy off the love of Jesus, which forgives us our sins and makes us right with God. If you don't have that, you're missing, you're missing what you're created for. What's the application for us when you leave today, you will have a thousand opportunities to practice glorifying God, making him worthy, demonstrating his worth in his honor and his fame glorifying him in all of the everyday aspects of your life. You're going to leave. You're going to get into your car is going to go home. You're going to make some food, You're going to interact. You're gonna have your day and you've got a thousand opportunities. And I'm just driving this one simple thing home from this text. This is for kids. This is for teenagers. This is for old. This is for Young. It is not enough to simply ask two. I have the right as a Christian to do this. But you should ask, What is the good of others in doing this? Seek to glorify God by seeking the good of others, Which is what Jesus did for you. Three ways. Really quick. But I think these air helpful things to keep in your mind. First be winsome. Be Winston. You know what that word means? It means be like likable. And the way you go about doing this, he writes in verse thirty two. Give no offense two Jews or two Greeks or to the Church of God. See that there I give no offence to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God. Now Paul's gospel is offensive, right? Talks about his gospel is a stumbling block to the Jews, and it trips. They trip over into the Gentiles. It's folly. So he's not talking about his message. He's talking about his personhood. Give no offense in your actions to Jews, Greeks or to the church. Everybody be winsome. Do your best. Do your best to live out this thiss glorifying God in a way that doesn't provoke people unduly. Second, be strategic. It's not enough to say, Do I have the right to do this as a Christian? But ask the question. Will this help my fellow human being treasure Christ Mohr Paul goes on to say, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do. So Paul's a people pleaser, but not sort of in the way that you might think not in the I need your affirmations to put in my self esteem bank kind of people pleasing. But he says, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many that they may be saved, which means that whatever you do, Christian, you are doing to the glory of God and you should seek to please others so that you have the advantage of being able to demonstrate and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them that some may come to know him. Listen, for those who are parents with children, young and old, every new day of parenting is a strategic investment in the kingdom of God in the lives of these little or not so little children. So don't just think I got a parent my kids again and they're frustrated me. Kids don't think about that, but your parents are my parents of frustrated. Every moment you have is a strategic investment into the kingdom of God in the lives of those people around you. Your vocation is a way to glorify God. Let let every time you straighten your tie and go into that meeting. Being opportunity to gain an advantage for the sake of the gospel As you work stride to do your work excellently and give no one reason to doubt that your God is worth following, Make him worthy in your work. Consider the ways that you should do this Strategically. I read this book last month called Gaining by Losing quoted it once or twice. JD Greer and Hero has a kind of spin off of this verse. Whatever you do, do it well for the glory of God and do it somewhere strategic for the mission of God. Third and last be worshipful, be worshipful, seek to glorify God by being an imitator of Christ. Christ did not seek his own good, but sought the good of his neighbor. Christ lay down his life for those who wanted to kill him. Christ did not reviled in return but instead gave a blessing. Christ was stripped of glory and worth and treated as a cursed man and a condemned man in the most horrific way, in order to secure for us the forgiveness of our great and many sins, to assure us of God's love and a purchase force our freedom in Christ and as Jesus has sought us in our need. So we're now empowered by the spirit to be sent into the world to be his ambassadors to a world that needs Christ. And so use your freedoms to the glory of God in all of life and you will find true and lasting joy and purpose in this life. Let's pray, Let's take communion together. God, our hearts are full this morning for joy sing and you remembering the Gospel Lord, I pray you would transform us away from being us focused to being Christ focused, God focused so that we would result in our lives being others centers. Where would you begin that work? Now, let us confess our sins. But it's confessed our selfishness to you as we take this communion and a follow after Christ and his name will pray. Amen.
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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