I apologize once again for my absence. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get through 1 Corinthians without these frequent and long breaks!
1 Corinthians 4
Keep in mind that Paul is addressing Corinth the church, but everything that he talked about also pertains to what is happening right now. He starts off the chapter by talking about judgement. In the New Living translation, I liked how it was translated to a manager and a servant. The manager needs to be faithful as they were the one put in charge. Yet, that is based on human judgement. Paul talks about how “it is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” Only God may judge us and spreading rumors and gossip about others is definitely not right. There have been multiple times when I’ve found myself just talking ill about someone else. Only when I look back and reflect, I realize just what I’ve been saying. It’s really easy to get caught up in the motions, but as Christians, we’re told to defile those odds. Until the Lord returns, we’re told not to make any judgements. “For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.” 1 Corinthians 4:5b (NLT)
Paul continues talking about how it seems like we’ve already settled on this world. This isn’t our home! We have much better things to look forward to. It seems like we’ve put everything on display, not doing much or helping – just looking nice. We can’t forget that God has saved us through sending His son down to the earth to die for our sins and that every day should be used to glorify Him for that. It’s an incredible blessing, but we’ve just let it gather dust. With the Christmas in just two days, I feel like this message is even more prominent because once Christmas day is over or once all the presents have been opened, it’s easy to quickly forget what we’re celebrating for. Paul gently reassures us that he isn’t writing all these accusations to shame us, but to warn us. We really need to be careful with what we do and say as we’re representatives of Christ. He will come again and we need to be prepared at all times.
“Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again.” 1 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
Paul ends by basically saying that God is real and He has a lot of power. We better respect it because we don’t want to be caught unprepared when He comes!
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)
This chapter was pretty heavy and tough, but have no fear, even though we made mistakes or have wronged Him, He still loves us. He never leaves us and all He wants is the best for us.
I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas!