대메뉴 바로가기 본문 바로가기 푸터 바로가기
이미지

Living Life

  • <
  • January 2018
2018. 1. 10 | On Earth as in Heaven (1 Corinthians 3:16~23)         Speakers Daniel Park

16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?
17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness";
20 and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."
21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours,
22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future -- all are yours,
23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

 

 

Reflection

Heavenly Perspective (3:16–17)

Paul teaches us that each individual believer is a living, breathing, and holy temple that houses the Spirit of God. For this reason, those who have influence over any part of the body of Christ must act with reverence and fear before the Lord. This applies whether we influence one soul or one thousand, for each and every member of the body is precious in His sight. The more we see one another from His perspective instead of our own, the more we will see the eternal value and purpose He has placed within every person. As we draw closer to God and ask for more of His love for His people, we will be able to embrace and edify the body of Christ in a way that pleases Him.

 

Who do you struggle to love within the body of Christ? Ask the Lord to give you His eyes and heart so that you can begin to love them like He does.

 

Heavenly Wisdom (3:18–23)

Since all worldly wisdom is foolishness before God, we must not idolize our leaders or debate and divide over who is better. Even though spiritual leaders may speak the truth, this truth has been given to them by the Holy Spirit, so it is the Lord we should revere and not man. We must not lean on our own understanding or on the intellect of others. Rather, we must learn to walk by the Spirit. Human wisdom is foolish in God’s eyes, and therefore boasting about human leaders is futile. But when we exalt God’s wisdom above our own and boast only in Him, we are able to let go of our petty disagreements and unite in following the great wisdom of God.

 

In what ways have you been relying on human wisdom rather than the wisdom of God? Repent and invite Him to be your source of wisdom and Lord of your life.

 

A letter to God 

Father, thank you that You are wiser than anyone in this world. May I always seek wisdom and understanding from You so that I may be a blessing to You and to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

* All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.