1 Corinthians 10:27-33
1Co 10:27 If someone from the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you, as long as you can do so with a clear conscience.
1Co 10:28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you.
1Co 10:29 I am not saying your own conscience should be bothered, but the other person’s might. Because “Why should my freedom be limited by a decision made by someone else’s conscience?”
1Co 10:30 “If I am sharing by grace, why should I be insulted over that which I am thankful for?”
1Co 10:31 This is why: whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1Co 10:32 Become blameless to Jews, and to Greeks, and to the church of God,
1Co 10:33 just like I also am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved.
freedom and conscience (part 2)
Paul is discussing this issue in his letter to Corinth because some among the groups feel that their freedom in Christ is being wrongly condemned. Paul’s point is that freedom in Christ is a valid principle, but that there is a higher principle that the freedom group is not considering. That higher principle is that of sharing the gospel. Believers should choose their activities or refrain from certain activities on the basis or whether those activities bring glory to God, enhancing his reputation, because leading people to a relationship with God through Christ is our prime directive. Paul tried to please everyone because he wanted to reach everyone with the gospel. His freedoms and his preferences took second place to that objective.
LORD, give us a heart to reach others with the gospel, and a commitment to be blameless in everyone’s sight in order to accomplish that mission.