Consistency: A Rare Jewel
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 3-4
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:1, 3
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ…for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
“Behaving like mere men?” Jesus said to Peter, “You are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23). A paraphrase of that is, “You think like men think and not as God thinks.” God’s Word is the expression of His thoughts. God has called and equipped pastor/teacher servants and put them in the pulpit of your local church. Some of us unwisely run after big name ministers, or even think we can grow in our Christian life without the local church. As I think on today’s reading, it occurs to me that indeed, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Paul’s pen penetrates deeply into our innermost beings. Paul has cut away (ouch!) at our careless attitudes toward those things that are harmful to the temple (our bodies) in which we live: overeating, smoking, laziness or failure to work hard. All things that harm us are dealt with. It may be repentance time right now.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I repent of my laziness. Recently, I’ve twice slept beyond my early morning prayer time. Please help me as I grow older, and have certain physical challenges, to remain faithful to the disciplines to which You’ve called me. I can’t do this on my own. I need Your supernatural strength. I believe with all my being that You will impart Your grace to me at all times. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Several years ago, one of my fellow ministers introduced me to a book by Campbell McAlpine called, Alone with God. The author points out that spiritual maturity is determined by, “How well do I know God?” He goes on to ask, “Do you believe your spiritual growth is commensurate with the time you’ve known God? Have you neglected the means of growth? What adjustments do you believe are necessary in your life to correct this?” I spoke with a person who is reading through the Bible with 100words. She had read through the entire Bible before, but could not remember reading of the horrible crimes recorded in the last chapters of Judges. When we attempt to read quickly, our eyes often glaze over and our minds go into neutral. A well-ordered reading schedule is extremely important.
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