Moderation: A Great, Great Need

1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful unto me, 
but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

If only social media didn’t exist, we would be better people.

If only fast food wasn’t around, then we would be better people.

If only Netflix didn’t exist, we wouldn’t waste so much of our lives.

As nice and true as these sound, they are wrong. And I am going to explain to you why. It is true that there are a lot of things in our society today to wreck our lives, yes, completely wreck our lives.

But it’s our lack of moderation in all these things that is really the problem.

I am going to give you a simple example of this. Many Christians believe that drinking is forbidden in the Bible, that it is a sin to have wine or “strong drink”. While I respect all those who refrain from it, the truth is that God does not condemn drinking, but rather a lack of moderation.

Ephesians 5:18
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

1 Peter 4:3
“For the time past of our life…we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”

So it is not drinking that God condemns, but excess drinking. This does not mean that God endorses it, simply because He allows it. (He also allowed polygamy, though from the beginning He designed it as one man, one woman.) But it is necessary to admit that it is no sin to drink “strong drink” in moderation.

1 Corinthians 6:12-13a

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them….

Everything is okay, but not everything is profitable or good, Paul is saying here. There is perspective to it. Food is good, but it is so, so temporary. Why become enslaved, addicted to such a temporary thing?

Philippians 4:5
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Moderation. That is the problem.

For example, let’s talk about sugar. I love sugar. Most people love sugar. It’s in sooooo many things. Our brains love sugar as a preferred source of energy. But eaten in excess, it causes A LOT of health problems. Diabetes is a very very common problem now because of our addiction to sugar. Solomon said, “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:” (Proverbs 24:13). But then a chapter later he says, “It is not good to eat much honey…” (Proverbs 25:27). See? It’s not that the thing is bad, it’s that too much of it is bad.

And you know what, friends? We as Christians are failing to exercise self control in order to apply Philippians 4:5 to our lives. “Let YOUR moderation be known unto ALL men.” Let that sink in. Are those around us seeing moderation in our lives? Are we making a statement about our faith by getting control of our lives in all areas? Paul boldly proclaimed, “I will not be brought under the power of ANY“! (1 Cor. 6:12) Is sugar an area of life where you lack moderation? How about YouTube? Shopping? Social media? Makeup? Cut it off, and cast it from thee!

If we truly believe that this life is just a speck next to the fathomless measure of eternity, then that should be evident by the way we live. Let me tell you something: people notice moderation. If they see you enjoying food, but also eating reasonable amounts, exercising self control, and, in short, see that you’re not addicted to foods (also, hopefully fasting on a regular basis), that will make an impression. If they see that you are using social media only in healthy amounts, that you aren’t glued to your phone, and if they can tell that the amount of movies and TV you watch is fairly low (or zero), that will make a difference in how they view your faith, and what they think of Jesus Christ himself.

We need that. Christians need that. God desires that.

Moderation in all things, my friends. These things make fine servants, but cruel masters. We should ask the Lord to help us reevaluate our lives and see if we need to be more moderate in some areas. I know that I do.

Romans 6:16
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey….

See also Romans 8:5-6, 1 Cor 10:23.

~LDC

I pray this was a challenge and an encouragement to all my readers! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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