I've been reading 1 Corinthians. In chapter 6, Paul writes that among those who will not inherit Your kingdom are idolaters and robbers. Lord, how do I rob people around me? How do I rob You? What are my idols?
I rob people around me by not helping to meet their needs and by not sharing You. Not sharing You is the greatest robbery I could ever commit because I am robbing people of their eternal life in You. I should know how precious that life is, but I think I often take You and Your work in my life for granted.
I rob You by taking Your gifts and not using them to glorify You. You created me to love You and to build Your kingdom. I am robbing You of Your own creation by using what You have given me to accomplish my own will.
"'All things are lawful for me,' but not all things are helpful. 'All things are lawful for me,' but I will not be enslaved by anything." (6:12) This verse spoke to me. My freedom in You is not a license to do whatever I want because even if I say that I glorify You, I don't always do that. How can I glorify You in my body and my life? I can take care of my body (including doing my best to take care of my allergies) so that it can be used for Your work. I can live my life in purity so that others will see that I don't depend on earthly things for my strength. I will not be so dependent on others that I cannot function without them. I will not allow food to control my life. I will not be so enslaved by my participation in social activities (including Chi Alpha) that I cannot spend quality time alone with You. I will not allow my daily schedule to keep me from spending time with You and hearing Your guidance. I will not allow my fears to keep me from serving You by reaching out to others for help or in help. I will trust who Your Holy Spirit sends.