Monday, December 01, 2008

All for Christ

December 1: 1 Corinthians 9-11

12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, 23-24, & 31

All for Christ

As we read through Paul's letter to the church at Corinth, we find that the Corinthian believers were not much different than we are today. We stumble over the same things today that they did in their time. The verses shown above give us a progression from dealing with our own sin and temptations to glorifying God above ourselves.

In verses 12 and 13, we are reminded that everyone of us must deal with our own sin nature. We must be careful to not look down on others, for we are susceptible to the same sins. So what is the remedy? God is faithful to us; even in our temptations, God promises to never bring more upon us than we can bear. In addition, God will also provide a way of escape so that we may be able to bear whatever comes upon us. Nothing is by chance, but is entirely under God's control. How amazing is that?

What is to be the guiding principle of our lives? We must always seek the good of others rather than our own good. You will not live very long before you discover how impossible that is! It is in our very nature to be at the center of our own universe; to change that focus is only possible through the Lord. As God gives the strength to bear temptations, so He also gives the Holy Spirit to us to guide us and change our focus to others rather than ourselves. Truthfully, it becomes a lifetime battle within, only to be fulfilled when we depart this life and enter into the very presence of God!

What then is Paul's conclusion?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Do you have difficulty finding a purpose in life? As Christians, there is no greater purpose than focusing our lives on living for the glory of God, and not ourselves. This requires a change of heart that is impossible for us, but is truly possible through Christ.

As we go through this holiday season, what better guide could we have in living our life and making decisions.

All for Christ!

God Bless You,
Linda

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