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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Running the Race


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 18-20; 1 Corinthians 9

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Imagine that God appeared to you tomorrow and told you that in one year He wants you to run a marathon.  Imagine also that God is not just asking you to just run in the marathon, but He actually wants you to win.  After you get over the shock and awe of being in the presence of God, what would you do about His challenge?  (Before you dismiss the question as being ridiculous, I will remind you that God once spoke to a man using the voice of a donkey, so while I admit my scenario is improbable it is certainly not impossible for the all-powerful Creator of the universe.)  The way I see it, given this scenario, you would have three choices.  You could either not even bother entering the marathon at all, do nothing for the next year and then enter the marathon with no training, or spend the next year preparing trying to do everything you can to win that race.  Today’s key passage is all about option number three.

In today’s key passage, Paul is speaking to church in Corinth and says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)  In this verse, Paul is not just talking about an actual race – he is talking about life.  If we approach marriage, church, work, school, friendship, or following Christ with a casual attitude, we are destined to fail.  We must approach these areas of life with an attitude toward winning.  We must approach these areas of life determined to put everything we have into them, and run.

The best way to try to win the race of life is through preparation.  We can prepare ourselves through prayer, reading Scripture, and getting to know God better.  Just like the marathoner preparing a year out, we must diligently train in these areas to prepare for the race of life.  We can never get lazy.  We can never get casual.  We have to work.  We need to develop our desire to win in all of the different areas of our lives, be it in our marriage or in our walk with Christ.  As Paul points out, we must be focused and not be “like a man running aimlessly”.  We must practice self-control and figuratively “beat our bodies and make them our slaves”.  We must never lose sight of the reason that we strive to win in all that we do – the prize.  When we keep our focus on the right thing – Jesus Christ – we can prepare ourselves to win in life, and we can prepare ourselves for our eternal reward.  When given the choice in all of the areas of your life, do not choose to sit on the sidelines and not participate.  Do not choose to casually try.  Choose to put everything you have into every relationship, and choose to “run in such a way as to get the prize”.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Dangerous Knowledge


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 15-17; 1 Corinthians 8

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

I heard a piece of tongue-in-cheek marital advice the other day, and it went something like this: “When you are wrong, confess it to your spouse immediately.  When you are right, do not say a word.”  I thought about that advice today as I read Paul’s remarks to the church in Corinth.  In our key passage today, Paul says, “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)  Paul is giving the Corinthians similar advice to the humorous marital advice above – no one likes a no-it-all.  Do not get me wrong here; we all know that knowledge is a good thing.  The more we learn about a particular topic, the better off we are, at least up to a point.  What Paul is talking about is what I like to refer to as dangerous knowledge.

So, what makes knowledge dangerous?  In our key passage, Paul says that knowledge “puffs up”.  When you hear that term, what kind of a person do you picture?  I picture a proud man – a man who thinks he knows it all.  I picture a man who believes he is right almost 100% of the time, and is not afraid to tell you about it.  I picture a man who believes being right is more important than being compassionate and loving.  In the interest of honesty, I have to admit at this point that I have struggled with this issue (as the people closest to me can attest).  I have felt this compulsive need to be right for as long as I can remember, and there are still times when I am acting in the flesh when this comes out of me.  It is something that God continues to work on in me, and I know that eventually He will rid me of it completely.  See, the issue here is really an issue of pride, and this pride is what makes knowledge dangerous.  When you get to the point where being right is more important than compassion, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you resist any kind of correction, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you have intolerance for opposing views, you have entered dangerous territory.  Dangerous knowledge can be toxic, both to yourself and to the people around you.  If left unchecked, this dangerous knowledge can lead to a condition where you stop putting your faith in God to provide for your needs.  When you wrongly believe that YOU can control your own destiny, you have definitely entered into VERY dangerous territory.

With all of that being said, what is the answer?  How can we ensure that our knowledge does not turn into dangerous knowledge?  The first step comes in understanding the sovereignty of God.  When you realize that He is control of everything and that He is the only one who is always right, you can start to escape the snare of dangerous knowledge and pride.  The second step is putting our focus on the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Compared to Jesus, who among us can claim to be perfect?  Who among us can claim to be right?  Christ came to this earth and lived a perfect life, and then died on a cross because of our sinfulness.  When we begin to exalt Him instead of ourselves, we can begin to get out of the danger zone.  Finally, the last step is love.  When we realize that God loves us unconditionally regardless of what we do, we can in turn begin to love others in this same way.  When you love another person unconditionally, you will want to build them up with that love instead of “puffing up” yourself.  At that point, being right loses all importance.

The next time you feel the overwhelming need to be right; I hope you will remember today’s key passage.  I hope that, like me, you will stop and remind yourself of Paul’s words.  Aside from that, if all else fails – when you are right, do not say a word.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Running the Race


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 18-20; 1 Corinthians 9

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Imagine that God appeared to you tomorrow and told you that in one year He wants you to run a marathon.  Imagine also that God is not just asking you to just run in the marathon, but He actually wants you to win.  After you get over the shock and awe of being in the presence of God, what would you do about His challenge?  (Before you dismiss the question as being ridiculous, I will remind you that God once spoke to a man using the voice of a donkey, so while I admit my scenario is improbable it is certainly not impossible for the all-powerful Creator of the universe.)  The way I see it, given this scenario, you would have three choices.  You could either not even bother entering the marathon at all, do nothing for the next year and then enter the marathon with no training, or spend the next year preparing trying to do everything you can to win that race.  Today’s key passage is all about option number three.

In today’s key passage, Paul is speaking to church in Corinth and says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)  In this verse, Paul is not just talking about an actual race – he is talking about life.  If we approach marriage, church, work, school, friendship, or following Christ with a casual attitude, we are destined to fail.  We must approach these areas of life with an attitude toward winning.  We must approach these areas of life determined to put everything we have into them, and run.

The best way to try to win the race of life is through preparation.  We can prepare ourselves through prayer, reading Scripture, and getting to know God better.  Just like the marathoner preparing a year out, we must diligently train in these areas to prepare for the race of life.  We can never get lazy.  We can never get casual.  We have to work.  We need to develop our desire to win in all of the different areas of our lives, be it in our marriage or in our walk with Christ.  As Paul points out, we must be focused and not be “like a man running aimlessly”.  We must practice self-control and figuratively “beat our bodies and make them our slaves”.  We must never lose sight of the reason that we strive to win in all that we do – the prize.  When we keep our focus on the right thing – Jesus Christ – we can prepare ourselves to win in life, and we can prepare ourselves for our eternal reward.  When given the choice in all of the areas of your life, do not choose to sit on the sidelines and not participate.  Do not choose to casually try.  Choose to put everything you have into every relationship, and choose to “run in such a way as to get the prize”.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Dangerous Knowledge


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 15-17; 1 Corinthians 8

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

I heard a piece of tongue-in-cheek marital advice the other day, and it went something like this: “When you are wrong, confess it to your spouse immediately.  When you are right, do not say a word.”  I thought about that advice today as I read Paul’s remarks to the church in Corinth.  In our key passage today, Paul says, “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)  Paul is giving the Corinthians similar advice to the humorous marital advice above – no one likes a no-it-all.  Do not get me wrong here; we all know that knowledge is a good thing.  The more we learn about a particular topic, the better off we are, at least up to a point.  What Paul is talking about is what I like to refer to as dangerous knowledge.

So, what makes knowledge dangerous?  In our key passage, Paul says that knowledge “puffs up”.  When you hear that term, what kind of a person do you picture?  I picture a proud man – a man who thinks he knows it all.  I picture a man who believes he is right almost 100% of the time, and is not afraid to tell you about it.  I picture a man who believes being right is more important than being compassionate and loving.  In the interest of honesty, I have to admit at this point that I have struggled with this issue (as the people closest to me can attest).  I have felt this compulsive need to be right for as long as I can remember, and there are still times when I am acting in the flesh when this comes out of me.  It is something that God continues to work on in me, and I know that eventually He will rid me of it completely.  See, the issue here is really an issue of pride, and this pride is what makes knowledge dangerous.  When you get to the point where being right is more important than compassion, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you resist any kind of correction, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you have intolerance for opposing views, you have entered dangerous territory.  Dangerous knowledge can be toxic, both to yourself and to the people around you.  If left unchecked, this dangerous knowledge can lead to a condition where you stop putting your faith in God to provide for your needs.  When you wrongly believe that YOU can control your own destiny, you have definitely entered into VERY dangerous territory.

With all of that being said, what is the answer?  How can we ensure that our knowledge does not turn into dangerous knowledge?  The first step comes in understanding the sovereignty of God.  When you realize that He is control of everything and that He is the only one who is always right, you can start to escape the snare of dangerous knowledge and pride.  The second step is putting our focus on the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Compared to Jesus, who among us can claim to be perfect?  Who among us can claim to be right?  Christ came to this earth and lived a perfect life, and then died on a cross because of our sinfulness.  When we begin to exalt Him instead of ourselves, we can begin to get out of the danger zone.  Finally, the last step is love.  When we realize that God loves us unconditionally regardless of what we do, we can in turn begin to love others in this same way.  When you love another person unconditionally, you will want to build them up with that love instead of “puffing up” yourself.  At that point, being right loses all importance.

The next time you feel the overwhelming need to be right; I hope you will remember today’s key passage.  I hope that, like me, you will stop and remind yourself of Paul’s words.  Aside from that, if all else fails – when you are right, do not say a word.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Running the Race


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 18-20; 1 Corinthians 9

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Imagine that God appeared to you tomorrow and told you that in one year He wants you to run a marathon.  Imagine also that God is not just asking you to just run in the marathon, but He actually wants you to win.  After you get over the shock and awe of being in the presence of God, what would you do about His challenge?  (Before you dismiss the question as being ridiculous, I will remind you that God once spoke to a man using the voice of a donkey, so while I admit my scenario is improbable it is certainly not impossible for the all-powerful Creator of the universe.)  The way I see it, given this scenario, you would have three choices.  You could either not even bother entering the marathon at all, do nothing for the next year and then enter the marathon with no training, or spend the next year preparing trying to do everything you can to win that race.  Today’s key passage is all about option number three.

In today’s key passage, Paul is speaking to church in Corinth and says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)  In this verse, Paul is not just talking about an actual race – he is talking about life.  If we approach marriage, church, work, school, friendship, or following Christ with a casual attitude, we are destined to fail.  We must approach these areas of life with an attitude toward winning.  We must approach these areas of life determined to put everything we have into them, and run.

The best way to try to win the race of life is through preparation.  We can prepare ourselves through prayer, reading Scripture, and getting to know God better.  Just like the marathoner preparing a year out, we must diligently train in these areas to prepare for the race of life.  We can never get lazy.  We can never get casual.  We have to work.  We need to develop our desire to win in all of the different areas of our lives, be it in our marriage or in our walk with Christ.  As Paul points out, we must be focused and not be “like a man running aimlessly”.  We must practice self-control and figuratively “beat our bodies and make them our slaves”.  We must never lose sight of the reason that we strive to win in all that we do – the prize.  When we keep our focus on the right thing – Jesus Christ – we can prepare ourselves to win in life, and we can prepare ourselves for our eternal reward.  When given the choice in all of the areas of your life, do not choose to sit on the sidelines and not participate.  Do not choose to casually try.  Choose to put everything you have into every relationship, and choose to “run in such a way as to get the prize”.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Dangerous Knowledge


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 15-17; 1 Corinthians 8

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

I heard a piece of tongue-in-cheek marital advice the other day, and it went something like this: “When you are wrong, confess it to your spouse immediately.  When you are right, do not say a word.”  I thought about that advice today as I read Paul’s remarks to the church in Corinth.  In our key passage today, Paul says, “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)  Paul is giving the Corinthians similar advice to the humorous marital advice above – no one likes a no-it-all.  Do not get me wrong here; we all know that knowledge is a good thing.  The more we learn about a particular topic, the better off we are, at least up to a point.  What Paul is talking about is what I like to refer to as dangerous knowledge.

So, what makes knowledge dangerous?  In our key passage, Paul says that knowledge “puffs up”.  When you hear that term, what kind of a person do you picture?  I picture a proud man – a man who thinks he knows it all.  I picture a man who believes he is right almost 100% of the time, and is not afraid to tell you about it.  I picture a man who believes being right is more important than being compassionate and loving.  In the interest of honesty, I have to admit at this point that I have struggled with this issue (as the people closest to me can attest).  I have felt this compulsive need to be right for as long as I can remember, and there are still times when I am acting in the flesh when this comes out of me.  It is something that God continues to work on in me, and I know that eventually He will rid me of it completely.  See, the issue here is really an issue of pride, and this pride is what makes knowledge dangerous.  When you get to the point where being right is more important than compassion, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you resist any kind of correction, you have entered dangerous territory.  When you have intolerance for opposing views, you have entered dangerous territory.  Dangerous knowledge can be toxic, both to yourself and to the people around you.  If left unchecked, this dangerous knowledge can lead to a condition where you stop putting your faith in God to provide for your needs.  When you wrongly believe that YOU can control your own destiny, you have definitely entered into VERY dangerous territory.

With all of that being said, what is the answer?  How can we ensure that our knowledge does not turn into dangerous knowledge?  The first step comes in understanding the sovereignty of God.  When you realize that He is control of everything and that He is the only one who is always right, you can start to escape the snare of dangerous knowledge and pride.  The second step is putting our focus on the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Compared to Jesus, who among us can claim to be perfect?  Who among us can claim to be right?  Christ came to this earth and lived a perfect life, and then died on a cross because of our sinfulness.  When we begin to exalt Him instead of ourselves, we can begin to get out of the danger zone.  Finally, the last step is love.  When we realize that God loves us unconditionally regardless of what we do, we can in turn begin to love others in this same way.  When you love another person unconditionally, you will want to build them up with that love instead of “puffing up” yourself.  At that point, being right loses all importance.

The next time you feel the overwhelming need to be right; I hope you will remember today’s key passage.  I hope that, like me, you will stop and remind yourself of Paul’s words.  Aside from that, if all else fails – when you are right, do not say a word.

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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

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