1 Corinthians 1:4-10 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
I’m glad to be journaling again after a (planned) time away for extra reading and planning. Looking forward to the New Year, and the prospect of all the Lord will do. Might HE receive glory through my life, ministry, and family in 2017!
In today’s reading , we see Paul’s relationship with his people. Along with that, we see what areas Paul “glories” in and where he praises his people for their growth and their walk. These are good thoughts as we work with those to whom God has called us. Someone said “if we have 20 lukewarm or baby Christians this year, and 40 lukewarm or baby Christians next year, did we really grow?” Our goal ought to be Christ-minded disciples. Might this be our goal this year. Here are some questions to ask as we look at Paul’s praises for his disciples:
- Paul prayed continually for his people. I must ask myself – do I pray as consistently and fervently as I ought to? He said “I thank my God ALWAYS on your behalf.” He brought his people before the Lord often. I believe this is must if we’re to see our people grow from “babes” to mature saints.
- His people grew in “knowledge”. Are our people growing in the knowledge of the Word of God and the God of the Word? Might we point them toward this as we work with and disciple them!
- His people had a good testimony for Christ (vs 6), and it was confirmed. How is the testimony of Christ in our own people? It’s one thing to have a good testimony at church. How bout at home? At work? In the community?
- His people were blameless. This is another level of Christianity, but it’s worth preaching and striving for for our people. Do they strive to be blameless in motives, in relationships, in their lives?
- They WERE unified, but something happened. Is there unity? We’re reminded that men know we’re His disciples if we love one another as He loved us.
Might we strive for our people to grow in the Lord in 2017.