23rd JANUARY 2022
All things are legitimate [permissible — and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. [1 Corinthians 10:23 AMPC]
Whenever we are faced with multiple options, the need to make a choice becomes inevitable. Even if we decide not to choose, that in itself becomes a choice. In our day and age, in any given aspect of our lives, we are faced with a wide array of options to pick from. However, we must be careful about the different choices we make each day, either consciously or subconsciously. Yes, they have a role to play in making our glorious things possible.
Our choices must edify us. To edify means to instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually. This can be linked to the transformation of our minds that needs to come after we have been saved. Think back on the last 5 choices you’ve made today. Did they truly edify you? What about the last 10, are they leading you into glorious things?
We tend to save our intentionality on choosing the things that edify us for what we call ‘big decisions.’ But we must recognise that our choices over even the most mundane parts of our lives, affect us. The choice between being intimate with God in the morning or scrolling through your social feed, for instance, influences how the rest of your day goes.
It is crucial that with every choice we consider, we ask this fundamental question; does it edify me? Often times we are caught up in the illusion that since we have accepted Christ we will automatically have knowledge on all these things. However, whilst our salvation requires us to only believe, the transformation of our mind requires much more engagement from us.
You need to read, listen to, talk about and engage in activities and material that edify you only. These do not happen by chance. You need to consciously make that choice over and over and over again. For you to be successful at this, you need to deprive your flesh of the choices it wants to make and follow the leading of the Spirit instead.
Settle it in your heart today, to edify yourself by your every action. Make a plan on how you’re going to accomplish this and follow through!
Heavenly Father, help us realise that the small and seemingly unimportant choices become our big decisions in the long run. Help us choose to engage in activities that edify us and draw us closer to You. May our choices lead us to experience glorious things this year, Amen.
Further Reading: Eph 4:29 / 1 Cor 14:12
Bible In One Year: Genesis [25–28]