Today's Chapter: 1 Cor. 4
Specific Text: 1 Cor. 4:14-17
We tend to think of ourselves as pretty independent. We don't like a bunch of people in far off cities giving us a bunch of rules to follow or telling us what to do. The older you get, the less you like parents and teachers bearing down on you making you do things their way.
That's part of who we are- it's ingrained in our culture. In many aspects of life, there is value in being a rugged individualist: A person who does not depend on others for every little thing in life.
Today reminds us that it's impossible for you to be a rugged individualist when it comes to making your lifestyle match your belief. Paul told the Corinthians that they needed to imitate his lifestyle (v16). Paul knew they could not do this on their own. One of the problems in the Corinthian church was that everybody was being individualists. They were all just doing what they felt like doing.
Paul sent them something that was brand new at the time. He sent them a pastor: a young man named Timothy, who was "faithful in the Lord and who will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus." (v17).
We live in a culture very similar to Corinth. Everybody just does what they feel like doing. Even Christians don't like to be hemmed in and brought together with other Christians by being part of a church. We're rugged individualists, remember? We don't like other people telling us how to live.
You've been bought with a price and belong to your faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. You have been reborn into His divine nature, but living the way He wants you to live is impossible on your own. You can be a rugged individualists in many ways in life, but you can not live as a Christian without the aid of other Christians. You need to be an active part of the Church.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, thank you for saving me from all my sins and mistakes. Thank you for redeeming me and making me your own. Thank you also for putting me in community with other Christians - with your Church, and help me to make it a big part of my life.
Discussion Starter: Would Ron Swanson make a good youth pastor?