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“What's the Connection?”
1 Corinthians 10:21
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.
Thoughts for Today:
In Chapter 8, Paul explained to the Corinthians that although there was nothing inherently wrong with the meat previously offered to idols, they should not do so because of the potential negative influence it might have upon others. In our passage today, Paul says we can't both drink and eat at the Lord's table and the table of demons. So which is it? Is Paul contradicting himself? No, the problem is what is connected to what we do.
I recently heard a pastor confronting several men in the church regarding how much time they were spending at a local coffee shop. You see the coffee shop had just opened a new doorway into the "Men's Club" next door. It allowed entering and exiting through the coffee shop without anyone "knowing" what they were really doing. The pastor said to these men, "You're not fooling anyone, especially not God."
Although we might have the freedom to go anywhere we want -- if the place we're going to is dedicated or associated with immoral activities -- it is the wrong place to be. Even if no one finds out. In other words, you can't hang out with demons on Saturday night, then go to church on Sunday and pretend everything is fine. Galatians 6:7-8: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."
Questions to Ponder:
Paul asks us to pay careful attention to where we go and what we do. What is connected to what you do? Does it bring glory to the Lord or does it have some other purpose?
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.