Can Do vs. Should Do

1 Corinthians 7:19The really important thing is obeying God’s call, following His commands (MSG).

There are many different things you can do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should do them. The most vital thing for you to do is obey God; do what He has called you to do. Serve Him wholeheartedly and with gladness.

Paul went on to write in 1 Corinthians 7:29-30: “I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on” (MSG).

In other words, just do what God says—nothing more, nothing less. He has places for you to go, people you need to meet, and plans you are to carry out. But if your schedule is congested with trivial pursuits, you will be less effective at what has eternal significance.

I encourage you to evaluate how you spend your time. When you reflect on your day tonight, recall where you went, what you did, and whom you spent the majority of your time with. Is there something else God would have had you do instead?

Psalm 100:2Serve the Lord with gladness (NKJV).

—Heidi Jonker

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