Paul’s comment in verse 17 seems an odd thing to say. But the reference to eating and drinking is a concluding statement to what he has addressed throughout most of Chapter 14. He has spoken about potential conflict among believers when this one considers a certain food or drink acceptable while others do not. He goes on to point out that other activities done in faith may be held sacred by some but not by others.
The over-riding concept is that the details of faithful living are not as important as our overall attitude of faith. Our faith must be about serving God and furthering His kingdom.
What comment does Paul make about working for God? What should we find as we commune with the Holy Spirit? How does God feel about the devout believer?
It is not a new concept that people see certain aspects of church as important while others do not. Apparently, people in the early church often allowed their differing values to cause dispute. But, as Paul points out, our faith is more than just the activities of worship. It is more than just a time to be with others who are just like us.
Our faith and our connection to God should be a time when we build up our spirituality to become more righteous, to develop our morality, and to focus on doing good and holy things to help others. Our relationship with God should be a time when we find the peace that comes from being in intimate communion with the Holy Spirit of God. Through that we find joy and comfort. Through our connection with God we learn to have the courage to face the adversities of life.
Those who are faithful believers, who have the strength and courage to trust in God, who are willing to share the love and mercy of the Lord serve Jesus Christ. In this way we are pleasing to God. We are approved by men; that is, other people will see the goodness of a strong faith in God.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can you deepen your connection to the Holy Spirit in your faith community?