Today's Chapter - 1 Corinthians 6
Specific Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
For so many people, life is a constant contest. Every situation they face will have a winner and a loser, and they will do whatever is necessary not to be the loser. They work hard, stand up for their rights, and don't let other people push them around.
Many times these traits are positive attributes. Part of the reason that you play sports is so that you learn how to harness these qualities so that you will be successful in your endeavors in life. But there's a limit- a point where being tenacious turns from being a good, healthy thing to something that becomes a trap. It goes from being a key to success to a path to slavery when these tendencies get in between you and God, between you and fellow church members, and when they begin to injure those around you.
The people Paul was writing to in this letter were wired for success. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as you have a good, Biblical understanding of what success is, and the Corinthians didn't at this point. Paul here is reminding them and you that success isn't just getting what you want and making sure that your needs are met, rather success is building up the church, loving your fellow Christians, and denying your sinful desires. Christian success is the opposite of the world, as Jesus taught: the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
You need to continue to hone your instincts. Use the competitive desires God has given you. Stay disciplined, focused, and don't let others push you around, but do this all in the context of submitting to the one who redeemed you - Jesus Christ. Define success as building up and loving the thing that Jesus loves the most - His people... His Church.
Prayer For The Day: Thank you for the reminder, Father, that I am "not my own but have been bought at a price." Thank you for surrounding me with people who not only love and care for me, but most of all love and want to live for you. Help me to use the competitive skills you've given me to make your Church (these people) strong and to put others ahead of myself.
Discussion Starter: One big way you can build up the church right now is to encourage your friends to spend time in God's Word and in prayer today.