Is what you do beneficial and constructive?

April 9, 2019


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
(1 Corinthians 10:23 (NIV))

Is it just me, or has our society become overwhelmingly focused on rights? We constantly see things in the news or hear people proclaiming that it is their body and therefore their right. They proclaim that it is their right to love who they want, and that it is their right to do whatever they want.

I think that they have a misconception of what they refer to as their rights!

In all honesty, if you think about it, humanity has had that misconception all the way back to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve bought into the lie and thought that it was their right to be like God. Ever since then, it has been the mindset that, “It’s my right!

I love the two filters that we are given in this passage. These filters are what we should pass everything through before we even consider taking action on anything that we claim as a right.

1. Is it beneficial? This does not mean that will it benefit you alone? Will other people benefit in such a way that they grow and mature in life, in faith and in community?

2. Is it constructive? Will this build and leave a lasting impact on others or will it demean others and leave destruction in its wake?

These are simple enough questions to ask, but it is the answers that most of us fool ourselves on. We rush to judgment on our rights and actions. We become experts at justifying anything and everything that we want to do, but should we be so quick in doing so? Should we stop and answer these two questions from a different perspective other than our own? Should we look at our rights in relationship to these two questions from God’s perspective? Think about how potentially different the outcome in the Garden of Eden could have been!

Is what you do beneficial and constructive?

Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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What if God removed the offer of salvation?

March 13, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
(Psalms 51:11 (NIV))

Can you imagine, can you understand the ramifications of such actions by God?

Think about what this means.

We, as sinful humanity, are always getting into some type of mischief, some type of sin. God, in all of His infinite mercy and grace, is always there waiting for us to repent and return to Him. Perhaps these verses makes my point.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
(Psalm 139:7-13 (NIV))

There is no place that we can go where God is not there. He is guiding us, and for those who have not accepted His grace and mercy, He is there waiting for us to turn to Him.

What happens when God gets so fed up with us and our sinful actions that He turns His back on us?

I can imagine that some of you who are reading this are thinking that God would never do that.

What happens when God gets so tired of waiting and He gets angry because we are moving further and further away? Will He eventually give up on us?

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9 (NIV))

God will eventually get to the point where His time has come that He will not longer be waiting. He has been, and is still giving people a chance to repent. At some point, this option will be removed.

I realize that Psalm 51:11 is not referencing the End Times directly, but I want you to think about this passage in personal terms. What if you were cast away from God’s presence? What if the Holy Spirit was removed?

Can you imagine what your life would be like if there was no hope of salvation because God had removed the offer?

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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