Devotion Day 81 - Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 81 – Romans 15:1 – 1st Corinthians 14:40 (or if you want all of 1st Corinthians)

In 1st Corinthians Paul is addressing the arguments going on which brings about divisions in Christ’s body, the church. He could write these very words to churches today.

12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

All you have to do is change Apollos and Cephas and Paul to; I follow Dennis, I follow Larry, I follow Dean, I follow Carl. Or, my church is Community Presbyterian; my church is Connections Methodist Church; Forsyth Christian Church or Forsyth 1st Baptist or Forsyth Church of Christ. You get the picture. Is Christ divided? Do any one of us have a lock on Christ? No. Each of us are a part of Christ’s body, so we need to emphasize what unites us instead of what divides us. This is one of the joys of serving Christ in Forsyth, is that we have been able to do just this and celebrate the common ministry of ministering in Christ’s name. May this happen more and more.

Here’s something to ask yourself; “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1st Corinthians 4:7b) Now I could argue that I work hard for everything I have and I know others who work much harder than I do, but I am able to work hard because of the mind, heart, hands and feet God has given me. So in reality everything is a gift from God for it is God who has given me life. So in return, I give unto the church a tithe of all I earn and dedicate all my life to serving and hopefully glorifying God.

Here’s a passage that calls us to practice all our spiritual disciplines; prayer, Bible study, regular worship, stewardship of all God’s gifts. What other spiritual disciplines come to mind? (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

I’m not sure what Paul means by striking a blow to his body but I do know many an athlete who makes their body their slave so they can compete and hopefully win the prize. We are called to be slaves of Christ, always running the race of life that is before us. The ultimate prize is eternal life in God’s kingdom but the prize now is the satisfaction of serving God day in and day out.

Today, run the race that our Lord sets before you and tell a brother or sister in Christ how much you appreciate them and the church they worship at and serve Christ through.

O Jesus, I know you are saddened by the many divisions that exist within your body and the many disagreements, some long lasting, that keep us apart. Through your Spirit raise up leaders that can help unify us in ministry and mission, even while we struggle with the issues of the fundamentals of our faith. Amen.

Next reading: Day 82 – 1st Corinthians 15:1 – Galatians 3:25 (I’m going to strive to read all of 2nd Corinthians and all of Galatians.)

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>