So Long Self - October 17th
For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul has to correct the church in Corinth for using the elements of communion for selfish gain. Rather than meditating on the bread as the body of Christ broken for them, they selfishly eat it without sharing. Instead of reflecting on the cup and the blood spilled for their sins, they were drinking to excess. Like a child with a toy, the church of Corinth had begun using that word so many toddlers use perfectly. "Mine!"
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
As followers of Christ, we should be daily dying to ourselves and our "mine" mentality. Just as Christ left the riches of Heaven and all that was rightly His, we too should be willing to give up of ourselves for the sake of others. As we lose more of ourselves, we will find we have gained more of Christ.
Life Lesson: We should be growing less and less selfish.
I thank You for Your amazing grace. Because of Your body which was broken and Your blood that was spilled, I have been forgiven. Lord, help me to be mindful of Your ultimate sacrifice. Because You were willing to come to earth and die for me, I should be willing to die to myself and serve others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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