1 Corinthians 4:2 Proven Faithful

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

Paul just finished stating that he and others like him have been entrusted with the mysteries of God. These mysteries are that God provided salvation for every person both Jew and Gentile through His Son Jesus Christ. With having said that they were entrusted with these mysteries, he points out that they must now prove themselves faithful with them.

Most every person is entrusted with something. Every worker that is hired is entrusted with the materials on the job. They are expected to use the materials for work and not steal or damage them. This happens in an office and in the field while working.

When a person is entrusted with a license to drive a car, he is trusted to follow the rules and drive safely. When a doctor entrusts parents with their new-born baby, they are expected to take care of the new child correctly.

If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you have been entrusted with the mysteries of God. God now has some expectations of you. He wants you to prove faithful with what He has given you.

How can you prove yourself faithful with what God has entrusted you with?

First, you must live by what you know. God has given many guideline on how to live your life, what to do or not to do. Are you living your life-like Jesus? Is your life being transformed and changed into the image of Jesus? Or are you just wasting the gift you have been given?

Second, you must spread the information you know to others. Jesus sent everyone out to preach the gospel message to everyone. No matter where you go there is always someone who does not know the gospel message or does not follow Jesus. Are you telling them about Jesus? Are you telling people about God’s love for them? Or are you just holding it to yourself?

Changing your life and telling others are ways to prove yourself faithful with what God has given you. Are you faithful today?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will allow your life to be conformed to the image of Jesus; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will be proven faithful to God.

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1 Corinthians 3:9 Working Together

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9

The people in Corinth were struggling with each other. Each one was stating that their work was greater or who they followed was better. Paul tells them to stop the struggles because they are all working together in the same field.

In the workplace people are often very competitive and territorial. Each person often feels that his job is the most important one in the workplace. This is extremely common with the leaders of the place. A person has made it to a leadership position and feels that he is now the most important person around, that the place could not survive without his work.

This also occurs in the church. The worship leader feels that his position is most important because everyone needs to worship God. The youth leader, because he is raising up tomorrow’s leaders. The deacons, because they are supporting the pastor. The sound technician, because everyone needs to hear the sermon and music clearly. The evangelist, because he is telling the lost about Jesus. And the list goes on.

The thing to remember is that each position is important, from the “lowest” person to the head boss. Each person has their part to do. The work for each one is in God’s field–the earth. They are working on building God’s kingdom. It does not matter if you are washing the toilets, preaching a sermon, or witnessing on the streets, all of it is used together to build His kingdom.

Each person must work together. Take any one person out, and part of the work will not get done. Your job may be to just put in one special screw into a vehicle to make that car, but if you do not put it in, part of it will fall apart when it is driven down the road later.

Seek God as to what you are to do in building His kingdom and then do it with all of your strength. Do not compare yourself to others, or lord yourself over others. Work together as a team, not in a fight alone. Build each other up in Christ Jesus.

I pray today that you will do the work God has for you to do; that you will not see yourself as any more important than anyone else in God’s kingdom; and that you will build God’s kingdom daily.

1 Corinthians 3:1 Being Worldly

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ.”

Paul was talking to the church in Corinth. He was making a very harsh statement to them about them. He was basically calling them babies that were refusing to grow up. It was border line stating that they were not Christian but only of the world because of the way they were acting.

They were accused of being worldly. Being worldly is being or acting like the world.

How does the world act? Selfish, jealous, fighting, demanding, cheating, accusing, and many other things. Look all around and you will see these things. Follow the news and everything is centered on these types of actions in one way or the other.

Many in the church today are often selfish wanting their own way. They throw pointing fingers at others. They fight with others to have their own way. They demand that others believe exactly as they do. They skimp out and cheat others in the dealings.

Think about how a little child acts. They will do all of these things because they do not know any other way to act. A little child has not learned how to act correctly. The parents should be working at leading the child to learn to act correctly.

In the same way as a believer you must learn from the Holy Spirit as to how to act correctly in this life. God is your Father who will train you to act as He would. Jesus would never act in any of these worldly ways. He was led by the Holy Spirit in everything He said and did. He was in this world but not of this world. He was set apart.

As you go through life today how are you living it? Could you be accused of being worldly? Are you living your life as the world does?

Or are you being led by the Holy Spirit? Are you separate from this world? Are you set apart from this world?

I pray today that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will act and speak as Jesus would; that you will grow up in the Lord Jesus Christ; that you will be separate from the world; and that you will be God’s light in this world.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Understanding The Things Of God

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

When the world looks at Christianity and the things of God, all they see is foolishness. They do not understand why God has certain rules in place. They do not understand why a person cannot live any way he chooses or why some things are wrong and others are not. It is foolish for a person to give up things and ways in order to follow Jesus according to the world.

This can easily be seen any where you look in this world. Paul gives the reason is that they do not have the Spirit of God in them. The person who has the Spirit of God in himself is able to understand better why God has him doing (or not doing) the things he does and what God is doing. The Spirit of God is the only one who can truly understand God and He is the one who makes it clear to a believer.

Think about when you see someone you know really well does a crazy reaction to something such as running away from a small little, harmless spider. Most people think it is funny and ridiculous. Yet, you, knowing your friend really well, knew that many years ago as a child he was bit by a small dangerous spider and now has a fear of all spiders. Knowing that makes sense as to why he does what he does.

The Holy Spirit fully knows why God does what He does and has you doing or not doing something. He then gives the believer understanding and peace about the situation. The world cannot understand this because they do not have the Spirit of God in them.

Seek God’s Spirit today to guide you into understanding God more. Ask His help to accept the things God asks you to do.

God tells you that you are to walk by faith, not by sight. This can only be done when you discern through the Spirit what is happening. Otherwise, it will be foolishness.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will understand what God is doing and having you do; that you will trust that God is having you do the best things; and that you will accept what God is telling you to do.

1 Corinthians 2:1 No Special Speaking Or Words

“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1

As people read the books of Paul, they often think of how great of a speaker and writer he was. He does speak some very profound words and look at the fact that God used it as part of His Word, and it has survived nearly 2,000 years. Also looking at his schooling, being a very devout Pharisee who knew the scriptures and the Law of God, makes him look like a great eloquent speaker. Yet, he was not. His words were still simple. He did not use a high level of Greek in his writings.

Believers often feel that they cannot be God’s witness unless they use some big fancy words or have studied the Bible with a bible college degree. They look at their pastor, who often has a college degree, and feel they cannot speak clear enough to be a witness. They look for cliché or catchy phrases to use to be the witness.

Many of the words that Christians use in church are words that people in the world are not familiar with. It needs to be simplified for them to understand.

The simplest testimony about God is what did God do for you. This is what you know and understand and can put in your own words. Do not try to tell someone else’s testimony, it won’t work. Tell your story your own way.

Using cliché phrases is a method of the world. It is using human wisdom to try and get someone to believe in Jesus. God’s word is much more powerful. You do not need a college degree to read the Bible or understand it. Eloquence and human wisdom only cloud the testimony. Simplicity makes it real to others.

Tell about the parts you know and understand. Tell about what Jesus has done for you. Tell how He died on the cross for your sins and rose again to forgive and save you.

Do not be afraid to tell someone about Jesus today. You have God’s Holy Spirit in you to guide you and give you the words. Don’t wait for the schooling.

I pray today that you will be bold in telling your testimony; that you will speak in your own words what God has done for you; that you will not use human wisdom to reach the lost; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 1:31 Correct Boasting

“Therefore, as it is written: Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31

Every person accomplishes something good at some point in his life. When that person make that accomplishment he/she is proud of it. Most will then brag or boast about it.

Others will boast about someone else’s accomplishment as though it was their own. Look at all the bumper stickers boasting about a child being an honor roll student. Parents are very proud of their child’s accomplishment. Part of that accomplishment became a reality because of the way the parents raised the child.

Everywhere you look you will see boasting going on. The world is always proud of their own accomplishments. Often they will cut down the competitor in their boasting saying how good they are. When ever a company gets an award for some type of accomplishment you will see that award posted in all of their ads saying how good they are.

Paul quotes from Jeremiah 9:24, that the only boasting should be in the Lord. Jesus is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything on the earth. He created you and gave you life. So without Him, you can do absolutely nothing.

Every ability you have is a gift from God. The air that you breathe and the fact you can breathe is a gift from God. The ability to get up and walk or talk is a gift from God. There is nothing you can do without the help of God.

You are also no better or worse than any other person on this earth. Every person has sinned against God and need salvation. The only difference is who makes the choice to follow Jesus or not to follow Him. Do not boast about yourself.

Keeping all this in mind then, all your boasting should be in the Lord Jesus. Boast about what He has done and is doing in your life. Boast about how God has given you the strength and ability to do what you did. Boast about His love, mercy, and grace in your life and in the life of others.

What has God done in and through you? Tell someone today. Boast about God today.

I pray today that you will know the work God has done in you; that you will see that it is God’s power at work in and through you; that God will continue to use you to reach the lost; and that you will boast in the Lord alone.

1 Corinthians 1:25 Human Wisdom and Strength

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25

Most people like to think that they are strong and wise, especially men. ?All over the world people are honored for their strength and wisdom. Young people are especially honored when they do something that takes extreme strength to accomplish. Tons of book are written with wisdom on how to live life and do things.

There are work out gyms located all over every city. People like to build up their strength. Some are doing it just to have the huge muscles or better muscle tone, others do it to stay in great shape for a long time.

Being in shape allows a person to be able to have the power to do things on their own. Very few people like to rely on someone else to get a job done. Yet, even with the strongest man in the world, his strength is less than the weakest point of God.

God has created everything you see, which shows extreme strength. Jesus has also conquered death. No matter how strong a person is, death will overtake him some day.

Along with gaining strength, men love to have wisdom. Tons of books (and now internet articles) are written on how to live life and do anything you want. Articles of wisdom are highly honored by most people.

Yet, again, the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisest human ever. As wise as man has been in inventing things, God is greater in that He also created man’s ability to invent things. God in His infinite wisdom created the heavens and the earth. He set in to motion the plan of salvation for all men. His plan of salvation was so simple and well laid out that many people refuse to believe it because it does not make sense to the human mind.

With this in mind, you can trust that God is strong enough and wise enough to help you in any situation you are in. Do not try to be in control of your life. Let God have the control. He will not make a mistake.

Will you always understand God? No. His wisdom is far past yours. His strength is far greater than yours. Just trust Him and follow Him. God does know what is best for you.

I pray today that you will trust God’s strength and wisdom; that you will stop trying to do things in your own strength and wisdom; that God will give you His strength and wisdom to do His work; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.