All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
This passage is not speaking of salvation because we are already saved by our faith in Christ. But Paul is speaking about letting ourselves get caught up in the things of this world. We must remember this world system is under the influence of the evil one who Paul calls the “prince of the power of the air”, in other words Satan. What Paul is speaking about is our liberty in Christ. Because of Jesus, we no longer have to follow the dietary or religious restrictions the people followed under the Mosaic Law. However, we have to be careful in our freedom not to let ourselves get caught up with the pleasures, desires and material possessions in the world. We must remember, we are called as followers of Jesus to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we carry out what He has called us to do.
We shouldn’t spend our time, attention and desires on things which are passing away. We are not to let the things of this world distract us or draw us away from Christ. We must remember Satan and this dark world, create distractions meant to take us away from Jesus and not toward Him. But God has called us to be lights to the world. Lighting the path to Jesus and not to be enticed by the sins of this world or be caught up in the things of this world. Otherwise, those who are lost will not see Jesus in us. Instead of seeing Jesus reflected back in our attitudes and actions, they will look at us and see this dark world reflected back at them. Therefore, since we belong to Jesus, we must never be brought under the power of things in this world.