Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 11 1 Corinthians 4:1-7
Wednesday, December 12
1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
The observance of our impending national holiday of Thanksgiving is fraught with personal challenges. We live in the midst of a people overflowing with expressions of gratitude for this or for that, but rarely attributing a divine source for said blessings, even the recognition that one has been blessed. The language coming through is sub-Christian, and one might suspect believers are purposely evasive just here so as not to offend—pagan?—sensibilities with reference to guess who?
Is sacred space dissolving daily before our eyes?
It won’t if you and I are obedient to the Pilot Paul’s example. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 1:4)
Rejoice in the Lord Always! Again I say, rejoice! (Philippians 4.4)
More in Journey to Bethlehem 2018
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December 23, 2018Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 22 Micah 5:2-5a
December 22, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20