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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul called the Corinthians infants in the Christian life because they were not yet spiritually healthy and mature. The proof was that they quarreled like children, allowing divisions to distract them. Immature Christians are “worldly,” controlled by their own desires; mature believers are in tune with God’s desires. How much influence do your desires have on your life? Your goal should be to let God’s desires be yours. Being controlled by your own desires will stunt your growth. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 – Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to mature Christians. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk and not with solid food, because you couldn’t handle anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your own sinful desires. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your won desires? You are acting like people who don’t belong to the Lord. When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I prefer Apollos,” aren’t you acting like those who are not Christians?
Who is Apollos, and who is Paul, that we should be the cause of such quarrels? Why, we’re only servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow. The ones who do the planting or watering aren’t important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God’s field, God’s building—not ours.
Jennifer Oxley (Washington) titled her story “GOD, THE GREAT CHEESE MAKER;” here is a portion of Jennifer’s story:
“I am often stressed out by the enormity of the world’s problems—hunger, war, human rights abuses—and my inability to do anything to help. Oh, I try. . . .
“I recently saw a story on TV about a man who raises sheep and makes his living by handcrafting artisan cheeses from their milk. . . .
“Believers are like those sheep. We can live faithful lives in our pasture and focus on making a simple raw ingredient: showing God’s love to the people around us. God is the master cheese maker who transforms our efforts into real change for the world.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can trust God to use my small efforts for the good of the world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see that even though our efforts seem inconsequential, they are the raw materials you use to build up your kingdom. Amen,
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