1 Corinthians 4; 1 Kings 17; Amos 1
Sometimes reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians is a lot like listening to one side of a phone conversation. You would love to read what those in the church at Corinth had written to Paul. Sometimes, though, it’s obvious what was written and the Corinthian Church doesn’t look too good. Apparently some in Corinth were being taught that they had outgrown the teachings of Paul and other earlier teachers. No longer did they need such simplistic teaching because they were now wise and sophisticated. Paul’s response is dripping with sarcasm at first: “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!” (1 Corinthians 4:10) If there was any doubt that this was sarcasm at it’s spiritual finest, Paul cleared it up when he said, “I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.” (1 Corinthians 4:14) Paul’s sarcasm allowed the Corinthian Church to understand how what they said came across to others. Sometimes we get so puffed up withourselves that we need to be taken down a notch. We do think more highly of ourselves than we ought – a danger for all people even Christians. Perhaps if we saw how our self-importance looked through the eyes of others who have made great sacrifices to share the faith it would help us to recognize who we arein our relationship with God. We must always remember that we are who we are by the grace of God.
Oh my God, how often I get puffed up and think such great things about myself. Remind me how much I need You still. Remind me that I need You every hour, that I need Your grace each and every minute. As I live in a restored relationship with You – help me always to put You first.