1 Corinthians 10:31: “Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
My brother Donnie has a saying which I have always admired: “People are going to do exactly what they want to do.” I agree with him 100%.
The President of the United States does exactly what he wants to do. While turmoil was brewing in all corners of the world, he played golf. As soon as he gave his speech regarding the be-heading of James Foley, he immediately returned to the golf course. He chose not to attend Foley’s funeral nor did he attend the funeral of the brigadier general who was killed in Afghanistan. He does exactly what he wants to do.
Church members do exactly what they want to do. If they want to come to church, they do. If they want to go to the lake or stay in bed all morning, they do. If they want to give their tithe to the Lord, they do. If they choose to spend their tithe on something else, they do. If they want to make a commitment to their church, through the good times and the bad times, they do. If they “feel led” to move their membership to another church , they do. If they want to live for Jesus from Monday to Saturday, they do. If they would rather live for themselves during the week, they do.
People do exactly what they want to do. I have made two observations in this regard. First, people do what glorifies them with little or no thought as to whether it glorifies God. The second observation is that people have a “herd mentality.” They will follow the crowd, even when the crowd is wrong. People are attracted to things which are new and exciting. They get bored or frustrated and need a new feeling of euphoria. Thus, they are drawn to new political candidates, new churches and new jobs. They will follow anyone who promises them something which thrills their senses. Sports fans will flock to new stadiums and new teams, but will stop attending when the new wears off. People do exactly what they want to do.
My boyhood pastor Benny Braddy used to say: “As a Christian, I do everything that I want to do.” But then, when he had gotten everyone’s attention, he quickly added, “But, as a Christian, my “want-to’s” have changed.” When we follow Jesus, we want what He wants, not what we want. Before you eat something, drink something, or do something, ask yourself the question, “Is this what Jesus wants?”
Have your “want-to’s changed?
Do whatever you want. You will anyway.