We Must LISTEN, then OBEY!

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1.10

When Paul begins this letter to the Corinthian church, he is writing to a church that is troubled with many issues and he begins to attack their wrong practices one-by-one. I find it interesting that he begins with this issue – there were divisions among the people. “I beseech you …” He is saying, “I BEG you …” Doesn’t it seem strange that a spiritual leader feels compelled to BEG God’s people to do what is right? He makes his plea “by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What is he asking them to do differently than what they are doing now? Let’s examine his words: (1) “that ye all speak the same thing …” Serving God in the local church is not about everyone getting their PREFERENCES satisfied. It is about God being glorified even when I DIDN’T get my way. Next (2) “that there be no divisions among you …” I have been in public ministry for over 56 years. I have seen changes occur in churches that enabled them to reach a broader spectrum of people. And you know what, some people were OFFENDED that their church CHANGED something – never mind that new people were coming and souls were being saved. The church was DIVIDED. Finally, (3) “that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” What would church feel like tomorrow if EVERYONE there was “in the same mind”? What would be the response at invitation time if EVERYONE looked at sin in their lives with “the same judgment”? It is so easy to see the flaws in others and to want to judge THEM when oftentimes we are overlooking something similar in our own lives. That is a double standard. Either gossiping is wrong for EVERYONE or it is wrong for NO ONE. (You get the idea – put any sin in place of gossiping.) If Paul were speaking to us today, what would be our response to his pleas for change? Just my thoughts …

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