“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.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
Paul now brings out a statement that the people were saying: “I have the right to do anything.” They were probably looking a little at the freedom they were supposed to have in Christ Jesus. Jesus brought about freedom from bondage to sin, and so they were saying they now had freedom to do what they want, especially since they have been and will be forgiven.
This type of thinking is still extremely common today, especially in America that was birthed for freedom. People love to be free to do what they want. No one likes to be told that they cannot do something.
Yet not everything that a person can do is beneficial. Children are free to touch a hot stove, yet that would not be beneficial since they will get burned. Adult drivers are free to drive recklessly, yet it is not beneficial since they could cause an accident. This is why there are rules to prevent these things from happening.
There is also the point about not being mastered by anything. Many people do illegal drugs and become mastered by them. Being controlled by something that you do is not a good thing. As a believer you are to have only one master and that is God.
Look at everything you do. What are the benefits? Does it build others up? Does it build God’s kingdom up? Does it glorify God?
Or do the things you do just benefit yourself? Are you master over what you do? Or are the things mastering you? Who or what is really in control?
Yes, you are free, but that freedom is to do good things for God and others. When you do something good for someone, you are also doing good for God. Allow God to be your master and do what He wants. It will be more beneficial for you and everyone else in the end.
I pray today that God will guide you in what to do; that you will do things that benefit you and others more; that you will not be mastered by the things of this world; and that you will know what things are useless and avoid them.