Living by God’s Rules

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What do you want to do?

I mean, what floats your boat, makes you happy, is the reason you get out of bed in the morning?

What gives you enough meaning to exist?

You have lots of options. Family. Friendship. Altruism.

You can even choose to work to save the sea turtles from the trash on the beaches. You can do that, and you will be looked up to by those around you.

A young American entering New Zealand in 2016 to visit family faced a dilemma. He thought he could use his California medical marijuana prescription to carry his cannabis supplies with him over the border.

He needed it, he exclaimed. It was what floated his boat. He couldn’t make the trip without it.

1 Corinthians 6:12 speaks to this man’s  situation.

“ ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything.”

The American got arrested for transporting drugs. Cannabis might have been lawful for him in California, but it wasn’t helpful for him when crossing the border. He felt dominated by his need for the drug, but it earned him court time, a $1,000 fine, and a ban on travel to New Zealand in the future.

He was even sent home without getting to spend time with his family.

As a Christian, your situation isn’t the same, but you must be careful. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

You don’t want to be turned away from the border of heaven. God has standards, and you do well to keep them in mind.

Following Christ’s rules assures us you will be welcomed home when God draws you to him.

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