“Is it OK to …”

There are many ways that question can end. It can range from topics dealing with music and movies to alcohol and marriage. Some are legitimate questions and deserve discussion, but many times our motive in asking the question is all wrong.

James dealt with this in his book. He wrote “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures.” The issue in James 4 was not that they were asking questions or asking for something, but that their motives were wrong. They were looking to please themselves. God even goes so far as to call them adulterous people! That’s quite a charge, though very accurate.

We do the same thing. When we ask if it is OK to do something, many times our purpose is to please ourselves. But we weren’t created to please ourselves. We were created to please the one true God (Philippians 2:13).

We don’t like that because we all have selfish desires (James 4:1). We don’t want to live to please someone else; we want to live to please ourselves. But when we realize our purpose and recognize God as God then we will be truly free to live life, a life dedicated to God and lived out only to please Him. Then our questions won’t be so much, “Is it OK?” but “Is this the best I can do to please the One who created me and gave Himself for me?”