I am referring to the other person's conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another's conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Thoughts for Today:In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul wrote: "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." The shadow represents certain foods that were forbidden by Old Testament law. In those days, when people complied with the law they glorified God through their obedience. In the same way, Paul instructs us today, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
Over the course of this chapter, Paul has explained some key concepts relating to Christian liberty. He has said (King James Version of verse 23): "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." However, with all the choices out there, it is easy to become confused. In our passage today, Paul simplifies the myriad decisions we face with one critical question: "Does it glorify God?" It is the most important test every believer should apply to any activity or before making decisions in our lives.
Questions to Ponder:All too often Christians ask, "Should I do this, or should I do that?" Those are the wrong questions. The right question is, "Does it glorify God?" It makes things easy, doesn't it? Although we may not like the answer, we glorify God through our obedience to His will (just like the people of the Old Testament). Will you obey today?