1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
23 “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. 24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” 27 If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience’ sake— 29 the other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 11 1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Most of our lives, we learn how to not respond, "You can't tell me what to do." Few of us like others telling us what they think we should do, because we are our own person. Yet, as Christians, we are not our own, but God's. Sure, we can do what we want, but sometimes that causes more harm to the community at large, and therefore the Kingdom of God. Paul says to follow him as he follows Christ. That is the ideal for us. To follow to be like Christ.
Could other people say that they could follow your example as you follow the example of Christ? Why or why not?
Jesus, I want to follow you. Send me others to help lead the way. Amen.