Here’s today’s verses:
14:22 The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. 14:23 But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.
I decided to combine these two verses from my original reading schedule because they seem to go together and because I’m a couple of days behind in my reflections.
The things that we approve of (i.e. practice) should be done in faith with a good conscience before God. It’s entirely about living by faith in a relationship with God. To live without clearly defined positions is to incur judgment.
A friend and I were talking on Thursday about black, white, and gray. He complained that some people are too black and white. He was favoring living in the gray, more of a relativist stance. But as we reflected on this, the thought occurred to me that the Bible clearly defines many things as being black and white, which all should submit to. But there are also areas where the Bible is silent — gray areas.
My next thought — which seemed profound to me — was that we each need to divvy up the gray into black and white and live accordingly. None of us should retain any gray. But we should also recognize that my black and white may look somewhat different from how you divide up your black and white. How we apportion our gray is something we each answer for, but not to each other. God will judge whether we correctly divvied up the gray or not and whether we lived by faith.