1 Corinthians 5:8 Live In Sincerity And Truth

 

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Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:8

Paul reprimands the Corinthian church for allowing believers in the church to openly live in sinful ways. He calls them to cast those types of people out and to live a certain way. They are to celebrate God with sincerity and truth.

The world lives by a standard that anything is acceptable. A person can live how he wants and everyone else must accept it, as long as he wants to live that way. Living in this way, allows a person to live in sinful ways with no concern that it is wrong. The world has no true standard that they must live by.

This type of thinking and living has been brought into the church since the time Paul was preaching the gospel message. There are people who live their lives in sin on purpose, while they are still going to church.

It is a common thing to see couples, who are not married, living together, while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus. Churches are rising up all around the nation and world that teach that it is acceptable to live in a homosexual lifestyle, while being a believer. There are many other sinful lifestyles that are being lived out, as a believer, as though it is acceptable to God, that are directly stated against in the Bible. Many in the church have accepted these lifestyles as acceptable.

This is different from a person who is striving to overcome a sin, but still has problems. These are people who are living this way on purpose, despite what God’s word says. And the church accepts it.

God wants His people to live in sincerity and truth. Living according to His standards in full truth, not just in word or on Sunday.

Living as the world does, is a double standard. God’s word is truth and only one way.

Take a look at your life. Are there things in your life that you have accepted, that God is against?

Turn away from sinful lifestyles, and turn to Jesus. Live as He did, in full sincerity of heart and truth. Do not allow malice and wickedness to reign in your life and heart, but God’s love and righteousness.

Be who you say you are.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the ways of God; that you will live according to God’s standard; and that you will encourage others to live as God desires.

1 Timothy 3:8 Worthy Of Respect

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8

Paul had just given an extensive list of qualifications for an overseer or pastor. He now talks about the deacons. He gives them the same requirements.

It is easy for people to look at this list and think it is not for them. They are not a deacon so it does not matter. Often they will enforce these things on the deacon. Yet, all of these things are good for any believer.

Respect is something everyone wants, but not everyone deserves. When a person is harsh, cheating, vulgar, lying, lazy, or many other negative things, there is no respect earned. Every believer should be living a life of respect.

Believers should be sincere in what they say and do. There are some who just joke around all the time, there is no sincerity. Be sincere in the job, service, ministry, family, and anything else.

The world loves to have their drink in excess. Believers should be limited. The Bible does allow for some drinking, but not in excess. Personally I do not agree with any at all, but it is on the line that if I, as a believer, drink a little, a non-believer may see and choose to drink a lot. I would feel responsible for his going to far. Either way, no one should ever get drunk.

Believers must also not pursue dishonest gain. This is getting something that you did not work for. This can be honor and praise for someone else’s work. Each person must earn what he gets.

How are you living your life today? Do you have these qualifications?

It does not mean you must be a deacon, but just that you are living a life worthy of respect. Jesus lived this type of life and you are supposed to live like He did.

Seek God for strength and direction to live your life like Jesus did. Turn from the wrong ways.

I pray today that you will strive to live for God; that God will guide you in how to live for Him; that the world will see that you are a believer in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Colossians 3:23-24 Do Everything For God

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

In these verses Paul is speaking directly and specifically to slaves. Although today most people are not slaves in the same sense of physical purchase and ownership, most everyone is a slave to someone. There is someone that they have to answer to and obey, whether it is a parent, boss, or some other authority, there is usually someone who is in control.

Paul is telling the people to work with all their heart. This is working with the best of your ability, not cutting corners, and not complaining.

Many people in the workplace like to cut corners on getting things done. They like to show up five minutes late or leave five minutes early because they know that the time clock works in fifteen minute increments. Others will stop working and talk for twenty minutes on a fifteen minute break. Some will work slower than they are actually able to work. All of these and many other ways are cheating the boss.

God wants you to work for that boss or obey that authority as though it was Jesus standing there telling you what to do. Every good thing that you do will be rewarded by God someday. The struggles and hardships that you endure working on this earth will get you an inheritance in heaven some day.

This work is not to gain you salvation or favor with God. It is showing your love for God and for others. It is doing the right thing. Do it whether someone sees you or not, because God is watching you and sees all that you are doing or not doing. Do it out of sincerity of your heart and obedience to God.

How do you obey those over you today? Do you cheat, lie, or cut corners? Or do you do the right thing every time, all the time?

I pray today that God will give you the strength to do the work that needs to be done; that you will do everything you do for Jesus; that you will know that God will reward you some day; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Ephesians 6:5 For The Slave (Worker)

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” Ephesians 6:5

In America, slavery has been done away with, but around the world there are still places that allow it. Slavery is nearly always looked at as cruel and unjust treatment of a person. Although this was very commonly the case, there were people in America who treated their slaves with great care and love. In the Bible, Joseph was a slave to the Egyptians. He was treated with great respect and love, and this was by a group who did not believe in God.

Today, a common type of “slavery” is in the workplace. People are enslaved to their work. Many people do not really like their work, but must do it in order to provide for their families or needs. In this case the boss is the master and the worker is the slave.

Paul is stating that the slave must obey the master just as if the master was Jesus.

One of the ways described is with sincerity of heart. Many people obey, just to not get in trouble, or just when the master is around. This is not in sincerity. Sincerity is doing the right thing all the time. It is not doing things just to stay out of trouble, but because it is the right thing to do.

How a person works for a master here on this earth, is a good indication of how they serve their master in heaven–God.

If you cannot honestly serve your boss that you can see, how will you serve God who you cannot see?

Whether or not your boss is a Christian has nothing to do with you serving him as though serving Jesus. As long as the boss does not ask you to do something against God, you must do it as though Jesus told you to do it. Do not cut corners or cheat your boss.

Be the good slave to the ones in authority over you here on this earth. This will make you a good slave to Jesus. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will help you serve those over you; that you will obey your boss as though obeying Jesus; that you will have sincerity in your obedience; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your actions.