One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Paul addresses the fact that we all belong to the Lord. We all come from and go to God. But even though we all come from the same God, we are each unique individuals. We have our own minds, we live our own lives as we choose to live it.
It’s not how we seek righteousness and God, but that we seek righteousness and God each in our own way. How we seek is not important, what we seek and that we do seek, that is what matters.
We each choose to worship or not worship God in our own way. In the end, we are a billion, billion individuals but one creation of God.
Paul expresses this belief. It is not about what you do or how you do it, just do it in righteousness and in praise of God, honestly and from the heart. We know what is right and what is wrong, and we know when we are rationalizing wrong as right, and not serving the Lord.
In verse 6 Paul writes:
The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Paul writes of two individuals doing the opposite of each other, but their heart is doing it to honor God. Therein lies the common ground.
But today, through the divide and conquer strategy of the covetous and vain, we are told this is not true. You are part of a group, and the group thinks and acts as a group. If you stray from the group think, then you’re not part of the group.
We see it every day with politics, race and religion. Follow the leader, stay within the group parameters. If you question or step outside the group, you become the enemy.
The individual must be sacrificed for the good of the group. That is a lie. What they really mean is, the individual must be sacrificed for the good of the leader, those in charge who seek to divide us into groups, set us up against other groups and allow us to destroy each other, as they sit back and reap the fruit of their vanity and covetousness.
The individual is what makes the group strong. You allow unconventional thinking and ideas to expand the knowledge of the group, and thus strengthen the group. But that cannot be allowed by the group leaders. The individual, many individuals are difficult if not impossible to control. It’s much easier to control a group where they all think like the leader.
What do the leaders do to combat this? They tell the individuals that the group is god. The group is of the utmost importance, and your role as an individual is to become part of the group and lose the individual that God gave you. You think, speak and act as the group, not the individual.
But Paul tells us in these verses, you are an individual, serve and seek the Lord your God with your whole heart as an individual. Then as an individual you will help and love other individuals, not groups.
The only group that you are truly a part of is humanity. You are part of the Lord’s group. A group where you are to flourish as an individual.
We are all individuals from God, this is God, the individual.
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