Is The Lord In Your Hobbies
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Romans 14:23: And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Is the Lord more important than your hobbies? Does He want you to have them? If He is not more important than your hobbies you should not have them. Can you glorify God in them? Do you glorify Him in them? Can you witness while you are bowling? Can you witness while you fish? Can you witness while you are knitting? Can you witness while you hike? Do the unbelievers with whom you share your hobby know you are a believer? Do you go places and do things where you cannot or will not serve God? Are your hobbies an escape from your responsibilities to the Lord, to unbelievers and other believers?
Galatians 6:10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
1 Peter 3:15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Matthew 10:32: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
The same principles apply to our places of employment. I once had a supervisor who told me to leave my religion in the parking lot. Since Christ is living in my heart, it is impossible to leave Him in the parking lot. Believers should not do anything or say anything outside of a church that they would not do or say in one. Neither should they do anything in the presence of unbelievers that they would not do in the presence of believers. You should be influencing unbelievers, not the other way around. You should be influenced by other believers. There are things you can say to believers that you cannot say to unbelievers. There are things you can trust believers with that you cannot trust with unbelievers. There are things you should learn from believers that you could not learn from unbelievers. Associating too much with unbelievers is like wearing a self-imposed gag. Associating too little with them deprives you of a mission field. If there are ever any circumstances when you believe you should not witness, you had better be absolutely sure it is the Lord directing you not to speak of Him.
2 Corinthians 6:14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Matthew 7:6: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Luke 9:5: And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
Jeremiah 11:14: Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
Jeremiah 14:11: Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
Interesting that those two similar passages are 14:11 and 11:14.
Matthew 15:14: Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Care to discuss Is The Lord In Your Hobbies with Ron?