Day 12 p. 127-138
As we begin to look at the last half of the book of I Corinthians, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth about several topics that effect the culture of that day. One of the topics was food sacrificed to idols and how it could be a stumbling block for the weaker Christians of that day. This is not a problem for us today as modern day Christians, but are there physical things present today which can cause a weaker Christian to stumble into sinning? I can’t help but wonder what some of the things are that fall into this category.
Paul penned in this book a warning to Christians of his day, which I believe still hold true for us. We need to be careful in exercising our freedom that it does not become a stumbling block for others. Some people want to say their actions do not affect others, Paul addresses that by writing “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible, but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others."
Another topic Paul addressed in this portion of I Corinthians was spiritual gifts. He wrote about many different kinds of them, but each is given and directed by the same spirit, the Holy Spirit. I’m sure they wondered why one person had a spiritual gift, and someone else had another, so Paul wrote that each spiritual gift was given for the common good of the body. Paul went on to tell the readers that the Holy Spirit gives each gift as He determines. So let each one of us determine our spiritual gift(s) and use them for the common good of the body.
As you go on reading these passages for today, Paul discusses how the gift of love should be used in the body. We must think about what we do for the body of Christ, we do it out of love. Paul wrote if I gave everything he owned, but did not do it out of love, “I have gained nothing.” Paul then listed several qualifications of love. He wrote that it is patient, kind, does not envy, and it is not proud. How often do we stop to think about the things we are doing for the body of Christ. If I’m not doing them out of love, I’ve gained nothing.
In conclusion of this devotional. I can’t stop thinking about another book Paul penned to the church at Philipppi. “Each of you should not only look to your own interest, but also the interest of others.” I hope as you read through these passages today you will think about this.
About The Author
Rickey Rush came to know the Lord as a small boy about 9 years old, but it wasn’t until he was a young man in his twenties that his faith and knowledge of God’s word really began to grow. He is married to Kim and they have been members at Oakland Heights Baptist Church for about 4 years. Originally brought to Longview because of their daughter's job and to help care for their first granddaughter. God then gave Rickey the opportunity to serve as one of the leaders of a Sunday School class. Rickey has always rejoiced in the opportunity to lead others in studying God’s word. They are now privileged to care for 2 granddaughters.