To the same people who were wonderfully enriched by the Lord in so many ways, Paul had to appeal to them not to be divided! These were godly Christians and Christian leaders, yet they were puffed in pride, divided and competing against one another in the work of the gospel. Some say “I follow Paul”, others follow Apollos or Cephas or Christ. They took pride in their leaders in a wrong way. It became a contest about which leader was better, whose teaching was greater, etc. Doesn’t that sound strangely familiar? Christians today have also shown on occasions an unhealthy pride in their church or pastor. “Oh I’m from this mega church or that famous church, and my pastor is this or that! I subscribe and listen to the ministry of this or that anointed preacher!” We should be proud of our respective churches and pastors – in a way that affirms our sense of belonging and encourages our pastors, but never in a way that creates arrogance, competition and jealousy. The Corinthian church was blessed and gifted in amazing ways but they allowed what they possessed to cause strife and divisions amongst themselves. We must not be like that. As you walk with the Lord today, be thankful for your own church and pastors, at the same time, be affirming towards other churches and pastors unless of course there is serious theological defect in their doctrines. Even then, we need to be careful how we communicate our concerns so that the end result is that we build up one another respectfully and graciously. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: 10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or”I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” (1Cor.1:10-12)
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by Rev Joel Yong
Numbers 13.2 ESV
“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.”
The spies weren’t chosen at random. They were all leaders.
And when they went to see what lay in the Promised Land, only two – Joshua and Caleb – saw a land of promise and abundance.
The other ten saw only the difficulties that lay ahead. They came back reporting about how puny they were, and how many obstacles there were.
Not only that, they spread their negativity to all the people about how impossible a goal it was, that Moses was urging them towards.
Numbers 13:32 ESV
So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.
The leaders’ disbelief misled the people who began to rebel and as a result an entire generation was punished by God, forbidden from entering the Promised Land.
How tragic a tale – so close yet so far. Leaders carry an important burden on their shoulders and need most of all, eyes of faith.
The ability to trust God when others would falter. The ability to see hope when others would give up.
Are you a leader of God’s people?
Ask Him to give you eyes of faith.
Only then can you lead His people, not out of business acumen, or administrative wisdom but most importantly out of an unquenchable faith that you yourself possess in our unchanging God.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Christians in 1Cor.1:5, “For in him you have been enriched in every way-in all your speaking and in all your knowledge”. And in v.7 he went on to say, “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift”. It is the same for us, in Christ we have been enriched in every way – we have been blessed and enriched by God in the way we speak, the knowledge we have and the spiritual gift or gifts we have been given. As believers in Christ, we have been truly blessed! That is why we have people in the church who are highly intelliegent and eloquent, who have achieved academic excellence, who are successful in their ministry, work and business and who have good standing in society and in church. All these are not of ourselves, but a blessing from God. When God comes into a person’s life, He turned that life from darkness into light, from failure into success, from weakness into strength. But this is not an autopilot process, we have to cooperate with Him, honor Him and walk in His ways as He leads us. There is no real success if relationship with the Lord is compromised. Just carrying a label that says you’re Christian does not automatically mean that you are favored or blessed by God. To go a little further, success in the eyes of God need not necessarily be material or worldly success. A man or woman of God can be truly successful and blessed by God, yet not earn a lot of money or hold a high corporate position or an esteemed church leadership position. They will have enough though. It is never about the money, it is always about being in the place of favor and peace with God, walking in His light and wisdom, accomplishing in Him what He wants us to accomplish. As children of God, we need to humbly realize that whatever success we have, whatever wisdom and intelligence we have acquired, whatever ability or anointing we have, they are a blessing and gift from God. Never become proud because you are good at something, never consider yourself above someone else. Instead always serve one another and encourage one another to be all that God has called us to be. Be humble at all times. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: “5 For in him you have been enriched in every way-in all your speaking and in all your knowledge- 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” (1Cor.1:5-7)
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