All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12
There are certain weights an athlete must choose to lay aside if he’s going to succeed. They may not be bad for other people, but they are bad for an athlete. In the spiritual realm, it is the same for Christians.
Paul tells us there are things that may be “lawful,” but “all things are not expedient.” The word “expedient” is similar to the word “expedition.” You see, Christians are going somewhere, and if something doesn’t speed us along the way, then it’s excess baggage, and we need to get rid of it. It’s weighing you down on your journey. It’s holding you back.
Ask God today, “Are there legitimate, lawful things in my life that are keeping me from running the race?” It might be a hobby, a friendship, a recreational sport, or a cabin in the mountains. It’s not bad; it just keeps you from maximizing your life for the Lord Jesus Christ. You must lay it aside.