“Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” -Judges 13:4,5
What motivates you and me to obey God’s Law? Does heaven? Or marriage? Or judgment?
Those aren’t necessarily bad motivations. But what do they all have in common?
They are all focused on a future reward.
There is something much, much more motivating than a future reward, and that is a mission. If you recognize how something negatively affects your purpose for today–if you recognize the effect of sin on accomplishing your mission–you will have much more motivation to move past it.
Samson wasn’t supposed to drink fermented things or eat unclean foods because he was called to a specific mission. Doing those things would prevent him from accomplishing it.
Many of us try to avoid the same things as Samson. But is our mission as clear as his?
The reason not to drink–the reason for any discipline–is to prepare ourselves so that we will not be prevented from accomplishing our mission: bringing Jesus back.
If that mission isn’t urgent, or we don’t think that’s our mission, why not drink?
It sounds fun.
Just let your mission be as strong as your commitments.