1 Corinthians 4

Author

Jim Asselin

Scripture 

1 Corinthians 4

Observations

We are servants of Christ and are entrusted with mysteries God has revealed
God has entrusted us and we must prove faithful
We ought to care that the Lord ultimately judges, not men
We need to see things through God’s point of view rather than hearsay
We cannot boast, everything we have is from God
God has put his apostles on display as a witness of grace in midst of difficulty
Paul describes himself as a spiritual father
Paul strives for his life to be a display of the Gospel
Paul is sending Timothy to remind the church in Corinth the way of Christ
Paul warns the arrogant in the church that the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power
Paul says that the church in Corinth needs to consider how they shall meet Paul when he comes, either with discipline, or encouragement

Application

There is great responsibility that God has entrusted to us that comes from having been yoked with Jesus. One of those responsibilities is to be regularly mindful of God, who he is, what he has given us, paying careful attention to what matters to Him rather than to men. As such, we may not find accolades from the world, and we ought to concentrate on the task God has given to us, this will help us to display and live out a life that not only pleases God, but one that others can point to and emulate.
Is my life one of talk – just a veneer of what I profess - or is it the real thing. When God comes to judge, I pray that I will hear words of encouragement – Well done my good and faithful servant.

Prayer

Father remind me regularly of how bountifully and graciously You have provided for me in this life, and in preparation for the next life - in eternity with You. Help me live the truth that eternity is already in place here and now, give me Your compassion and assurance so that I may be a disciple maker and spiritual father to others. In Jesus’ name.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Michelle Wilson wrote:
Today's text dove tails with a prayer earlier this morning to be faithful & committed to the decision/choices I make. I found out yesterday that someone who I think highly of who has been harassing me about giving up sugar is being encouraged by God to give up sugar & is looking to me for help. But I have been failing miserably because so few people understand and rather than being faithful and committed to the decision to give up sugar, I have given in to what people say. 1 Corinthians 4:2 "In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful." I believe this is not only to Christ & His message but also our convictions. Knowing, as 1 Corin. 4 continues, that it is not man who judges but God. As Managers & fathers (mothers), those around us are watching us & imitating what they see more than what they hear.

Tue, March 31, 2015 @ 8:42 AM

2. Michelle Wilson wrote:
May we too be found faithful & committed to our convictions & faith.

Tue, March 31, 2015 @ 8:47 AM

3. Rob Schulze wrote:
Thanks Jim... I'm struck this morning by Paul's continuation of what we see in his letters to the Thessalonians-- an exhortation to imitate his way of life. I can impart information to others-- and if it's Scripture the Spirit will use that to transform, but do I have a life worthy of imitation? I'm grateful for God's gracious patience with me as he's at work in me as a husband, father, servant, coach, friend, brother... and as a Christ follower. Yet how much life access do I give to others around me? I can filter what I share with someone if discipleship is primarily coffees and meals with another brother but to have him in my home on a regular basis is a different story...

Father, help me and others to loosen up our schedules so that we have more shared life with one another. In Jesus name.

Wed, April 1, 2015 @ 7:13 AM

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