My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that
you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
(1 Corinthians 1:10 NASB)
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
(1 Corinthians 3:7 NASB)
Paul had discovered that there was disunity in the church in
Corinth. They were arguing with one another over who had played the
greatest role in the development of the church. Some were proudly
proclaiming that they were disciples of Apollos, some of Peter, and
others of Paul. They were arguing over who had been their leader and
which one of them was really the best or the most influential. All of
this frustrated Paul because he knew that this was not what was
important in the life of the church. Rather, Paul worked to call them
all back to the very foundation of the church. It didn't matter who had
been their Pastor or spiritual leader, Jesus Christ was the very
foundation of all things. He reminded them that each leader had been
called to come and to be faithful with their own task. Some were meant
to prepare the ground, others to plant the seed, some to water it and
others to harvest but each simply to be obedient. So, while Paul and
the others had been obedient to the tasks that God had assigned, he
reminded them all that it was God who made the church grow, not any one
person. The unity of the church was being threatened by people taking
sides over people, when Paul reminded them to pay attention to God. God
in the incarnation of Jesus Christ is the unifying factor in the
church, both yesterday and today.
Sadly, much of Christianity today is divided. We have continued to
allow human feelings and reactions to rule the day. We have to admit
that we can become attached to certain individuals or leaders and we
like to hang around as long as they are there, however, if they move on,
we want to move on as well. While we wouldn't admit it, we may just go
and seek out another 'personality' to whom we can become connected.
That's not what God wants, and He used Paul to remind us of this. We
are to remain committed to the church community and not to the
charismatic personality of a particular leader. The focus within the
community must be on Christ. Faithfulness to Christ will unify a body
of believers and when Christ becomes the priority, God will make it
Lord, we seek You today and the strength of Your unifying grace. Amen.