What I read today;
1 Corinthians 10; Matthew 25; Jeremiah 51-52; Psalm 115; Nehemiah 3-4; Numbers 4
We face a lot of difficult choices nowadays. Society sends us terribly appealing messages. Unfortunately, many of those choices lead us down places that we don’t expect.
Cheating on our spouse may bring momentary pleasure but usually leads to the destruction of one’s own family.
Not worshipping regularly to make more money or participate in other activities may give us wealth or pleasure but will ultimately cause our faith to grow cold.
Gossiping and complaining will ultimately leave us bitter and angry.
Paul gives us two pieces of advice in chapter 10 of 1 Corinthians.
The first is found in 1 Corinthians 10 vs. 12-13:
“12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing, he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” NRSV
When we think we’ve got our faith in perfect order, we need to be careful. We must guard against the idea that we are perfect and become self-righteous. We also must be careful not to take our faith for granted and wander away due to disinterest.
The second is this found in 1 Corinthians 10 vs. 31-33:
“31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved.” NRSV
We should always put the needs of others before ourselves. This is the key to Paul’s thoughts. If we put others ahead of ourselves, then our faith will lead us to do the right thing.
As simple as this is it requires work on our parts. Applying these to ourselves is not easy, but it is worth it.