1 Corinthians 4
1 Corinthians 4
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
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.
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.
Posted on Tue, March 31, 2015
by Jim Asselin