Posts Tagged ‘Laying aside our rights’

1 Corinthians 10:23-1:1 All to the Glory of God

I will follow Him and those who follow His example

Our reading today finishes Paul’s instructions on food sacrificed to idols. His main focus though is not the food but the attitude of the one eating. Is what you are doing bringing glory to God? If not, then stop. If so, then continue.

The last verse in our reading gives the most practical example possible; “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (verse 11:1). WWJD. What would Jesus do in this situation or that situation? That is what Paul strives to ask himself then do. Now he asks his readers to do the same.

So what is it he is wanting his readers to imitate him in? It is in putting others’ needs and spiritual growth above our wants and “freedoms.” If what I’m about to do will offend my brother or cause him to stumble, regardless if I believe it to not be a sin, I will not do it. Read more »

1 Corinthians 9:1-27 For Your Sake

Laying aside the first for the second is a mark of love

Paul speaks to his reader about his rights as an apostle. Shouldn’t he share the same rights as any other apostle? Yes. But he forgoes these rights for a purpose.

“The laborer is worthy of his hire.” This concept is present in both new and old testaments. Paul had every right to expect to receive from those he served. Yet he didn’t always avail himself of that right. During his missionary trips he most likely did but when he stayed in Corinth for a year and a half he didn’t. He worked instead as a tentmaker and supported himself the whole time. Read more »