A Few Quick Bible Studies for the (Almost) Re-Opening

May 30, 2020

 

How should we worship now?

 

1 Corinthians 6:12:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

 

(Paul goes on to discuss sexual immorality.  He urges us to use our bodies in ways that honor God.  How far does this go?  Should we expand this to include everything we do with our bodies?  Could wearing a face mask actually be an act of worship?)

 

A Similar Thought: 

 

Galatians 5:13-14:

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

(Do people use freedom as an excuse for being selfish?  Do people use their rights to hurt others?  Have I have done this myself?  Paul wrote these words to faithful Christians.  Is he warning me to avoid this trap? )

 

(More: What is the greatest freedom anyway?  Is it to “serve one another humbly in love’?  Things are re-opening.  Is God calling on me to rush in?  Or, is God calling me to be patient and seek what is best for everyone?)

 

So What Should I Do?

 

Do the “experts” disagree?  Here is a helpful tip from Proverbs 16:1-3:

1 To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.  2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

 

(We ask, and God always offers us “proper” answers.  Why don’t we hear them more often?  When do the “plans of my heart” get in the way?)

 

(God is urging us to consider what as we listen to human plans?  What happens when we apply this standard to God?)

 

And a Last Thought.

 

Some more from Proverbs 16:4 and 9:

4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster. 

9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.  

 

We can count on God to lead us and guide us in the best paths.  He will establish our steps.  He will love us and forgive us in Jesus if we go wrong.  He will get us back on the right path when we stray.

 

So, what should we do as things begin to re-open?  It is wise to consult with the experts (Proverbs 11:14), but it is best to follow the Lord. 

 

Listen to God first, and He will show you the most responsible way to respond to any circumstance if you let Him.  He will always forgive you and welcome you back when you don’t.

 

So, Hold on to Your Faith,

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