By Susan Rasinski
Paul came with the gospel only, not with words that would draw people to himself. He wanted nothing to distract from the message of the gospel. Paul understood that the message he was given to preach was a message of wisdom to the mature in Christ. He called people out for being ‘mere infants in Christ,’ as evidenced by their jealousy and quarreling. They heard the gospel, even received the truth of the gospel, yet they still chased after their traditions and desires. They had one foot in world, straddling the fence, with no commitment to either side.
We are no different today. We separate ourselves according to many dividers. However, we are called to be separated to Christ alone. We are funny little creatures. We have been given everything in Christ. We have nothing that God didn’t give us. And yet, we argue and bicker about who has more and whose is better. We strive for more from this world.
We can learn much from Paul in these passages. Paul strove to bring nothing but the good news of Jesus Christ. Nothing of himself, nothing of the world.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
What have we added to God’s Word? What things of this world have we allowed to cause division among the members of the body of Christ?
“Let us throw off everything that encumbers and the sin that so easily entangles us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Let’s go back to the basics of the Word of God, strip off everything else and find the unity of mind and thought that Paul talks about. And let us pursue a life after God’s own heart and find joy in that journey.
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