Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1.
(What is God saying here?)
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
God’s Word teaches so much about harmony among His people, and here Paul is teaching the church in Corinth about this important subject. Paul founded the church in Corinth on his second missionary journey. Eighteen months after he left, arguments and divisions arose, and some church members slipped back into an immoral lifestyle. Paul wrote this letter to address the problems and to clear up confusion about right and wrong so that they would remove the immorality from among them. The Corinthian people had a reputation for jumping from fad to fad; Paul wanted to keep Christianity from degenerating into just another fad. By addressing the Corinthians as “brothers and sisters,” Paul is emphasizing that all Christians are part of God’s family. Believers share a unity that runs even deeper than that of blood brothers and sisters. Like a frustrated coach watching his team bicker on the court, Paul called for a time-out. He saw the danger of divisions and arguments. The Corinthian believers’ lack of unity was obvious. They may have been playing in the same “uniform,” but they were doing as much as the opposition to bring about their own defeat. The problems weren’t so much differences of opinion as divided allegiances. They were arguing over which position on the team was most important in a way that made them ineffective as a unit. They were on the field, but out of the game. Divisions between Christians work like brick walls and barbed-wire fences to undermine the effectiveness of the message that believers are to proclaim. Let us focus on our coach, Jesus Christ, and the purpose he has for us. Let us strive for harmony. Let us keep arguments about trivial things off the team. Instead let us concentrate on what we might do to best serve our Lord and minister to those in need of the Savior.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, I believe that as Your followers, we should spend our time concerned about the condition of our lost world and what we might do to influence the world for Christ. I pray that as blood bought believers we could do a better job of concentrating on what You did for us at Calvary, on how You reached down into the sin and mire in which we once lived, yet You loved us enough to pick us up from that and place us into Your royal family as children of the King. In concentrating on these vitally important aspects of our walk, I believe that our hearts will become more concerned for the lost and more interested in seeing the lost saved than just looking for ways to please ourselves even more. Please help us to keep foremost in our minds that it’s all about You God. Please remind us of those that may die and spend eternity in Hell if we don’t get our act together and evangelize our community and be a better witness to those around us.
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