THURSDAY November 9, 2017
Pride and Popularity
You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us—and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you! - 1 Corinthians 4:8
Paul has taught me so much in these epistles. He was burning with passion, as he wrote to the Corinthians with all of his heart. He told them they were already full and rich, but he was being sarcastic. Paul wanted nothing to do with those who had popular sections in the church. The people were not appreciative of Paul or the other apostles. However, Paul did not care; he knew God and what the Lord had done through the apostles.
To their shame, he addressed them as if they were ruling as kings! Paul was literally saying, “So you think you have got it all!” Yet, Paul did not even think of himself that way, neither did Peter. Should Paul reign with them? Never! Paul wanted nothing to do with their pride––he would always be a part of Christ.
Humility is the key to usefulness; if you really want to be used by God, you have to be humble. You cannot have a haughty attitude. It is important to know the heartbeat of Jesus Christ, the One who has called you, anointed you and is sending you to do the work of God. It is not your work; it is not your foundation; Jesus is our foundation––He is the Rock!
Time changes, but the teaching the Word of God is the most important thing. I do not trust anything experience oriented; I do not want any of that. The Word of God brings me to a place of stability––a balanced life in the Lord. Jesus is the Word––the logos––it is incredible.
Are you drawn away to be a part of the prideful and popular crowds? Stay uncompromised and remain with those who love the simplicity of the Word of God.
Be attractive and winsome, but do not compromise your convictions for the sake of popularity.
~ Billy Graham~
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