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Living Life

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  • January 2018
2018. 1. 9 | Becoming One (1 Corinthians 3:1~15)         Speakers Daniel Park

1 Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly -- mere infants in Christ.
2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe -- as the Lord has assigned to each his task.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.
14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

 

 

Reflection

Unity in the Church (3:1–7)

Paul informs the Corinthian believers that they are still infants in Christ because of their jealousy and infighting. They have created a spirit of division in the church by arguing over who is the best spiritual leader. In the body of Christ today, we still tend to do the same thing. We elevate the ministry we are involved with or the spiritual leaders we follow while criticizing other church leaders because they do not worship like us or have the same convictions we do. God, however, has called and empowered each of us to live in unity with one another. There is only one church, one God, one Spirit, and one faith. Walking in oneness will require all of us to elevate His wisdom and grace above our selfish desires and our differences.

 

Do you see anything that may threaten the unity of your church? Ask the Lord to help remove all jealousy and quarreling from your church and to replace it with a spirit of unity.

 

Co-workers in His Service (3:8–15)

Paul explains that Jesus is the foundation of the body of Christ. Anyone God sends to build upon this foundation must serve with reverence and fear as God Himself will judge their work. It is important to remember that God is the final judge, not us. Too often, people are so concerned with judging others that they do not pay attention to their own work. But we must remember that each of us has been given an assignment and purpose. One may be called to plant, and another may be called to water. We are all co-workers in God’s service, laboring to build His kingdom together. By His grace, let us faithfully build upon the foundation of Jesus Christ, knowing that God will test the quality of our work.

 

How are you building upon the foundation of Jesus Christ? Would you work any differently now that you know God Himself will judge your work?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, I hand over any pride in my heart to you. I choose not to judge or criticize, bringing division to the church. Instead, help me to work faithfully in building up the body of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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