I’ve really been struggling with this the past couple of weeks, and God has been faithfully (Deuteronomy 7:9) (1 Corinthians 10:13) showing me things, teaching me things, gently guiding and leading me, I pray, back to a consistent and tender walk with Him. He keeps bringing me back to the same or very similar points in my devotions, through my pastor and youth pastor, lessons on a recent ladies seminar… God is good and will continue working on me until the day He returns. Until then, I won’t be perfect *sigh* J but I will continue to be molded into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember that song “He’s still workin’ on me! To make me what I ought to be… How loving and patient He must be!” (and they’re not kidding!!!!!)? Well, it’s TRUE! It’s a PROMISE from GOD!!! Check out these two verses! (Philippians 1:6) (Psalm 138:8)
Our youth group’s Bible Navigation (in case you’re wondering about the significance of ‘navigation’, it’s for “Navigating Through the Word of God” J) for this month is in 1st Corinthians. Because it’s known as Paul’s harsh letter of correction to the Corinthian church for their wickedness, I had this negative connotation about it. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t grand things. Well, thankfully, God isn’t limited to our/ my expectations (if He was, we’d all be in trouble!! J) and He’s been using 1st Corinthians to speak to me, encourage and challenge me in my not-so-faithful-as-of-late Christian walk, and this morning, I felt led to share the challenge the Lord laid before me this morning with you all. J
I read 1st Corinthians chapter 4 this morning—something I encourage you to do! J Especially if you haven’t spent time with Jesus yet today, or don’t have any sent Bible reading schedule for today. A few of the verses really spoke to me, and I hope and pray that they are an encouraging challenge to you as well! (Especially if you are “driven with the wind and tossed” right now, and going through a dry time in what was once a lush, vibrant walk with Christ!! L)
1st Corinthians 4:16 says this:
“Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.”
Paul earnestly entreats, invites, begs even, you and I to follow his example that he shares with us in the following verse! Are you ready; are you willing to follow his example, by the grace of God?
1st Corinthians 4:17 continues with the kicker:
“For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.”
Paul’s “ways” (his behavior; his words, actions, attitudes and thoughts; his ‘conversation’, meaning lifestyle) was “IN CHRIST”. And his character and message was the same—was CONSISTENT—from one church to the other. His character and Message did not vary with one synagogue visit to the next! OUCH! (Yes, I recommend Band-Aids with this chapter!!! Might need a little Neosporin and a Boo-boo Bunny as well L) His walk with Christ, His relationship with the King of Kings was real and consistent. Every action Paul had was emitted by Christ who dwelt inside of Him and Who ruled his life (which required Paul to be surrendered…ouch).
Oh that my behavior was “IN CHRIST” and that I had a CONSISTENT walk with my Savior!!
Also, Paul states in this verse that he is sending them Timothy, to remind them and as an example of FAITHFULNESS to Christ! Just as Paul was characterized by a Christ-like Consistency that ruled his life, Timothy, a much younger man, was characterized by his FAITHFULNESS (check out 2 Timothy 4:12!!)
What about YOU, dear sister in Christ!?!???? Do you have an “IN-CHRIST CONSISTENCY”? Is your life one of FAITHFULNESS to God and the things of God?? I know I certainly lack this L
O God, please give me Your grace to have and help me to develop an “in-Christ Consistency”!!! Let everything I do be done by You “IN ME”! (Galatians 2:20) Please LORD! Help me to grow in this area! Please LORD! Live Your life through me!!
Don’t you long to have a consistent walk with The Savior!?!? Let us try to focus on this as we begin this next week!
Also, before I end, let’s take a quick look at 1st Corinthians 4 verses 19 through 20:
“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
(Also check out 1 Corinthians 1:18, and 1 Corinthians 2:4-5) “not the speech” and “not in word”~~ the words constantly emanating from my mouth are nothingtalking about doing right, to be discussing how we should react/respond in certain situations; we actually need to put them into action—live them out! So then why do I talk so much!?!??! All the majority of it tends to do is get me in trouble, and/or make it much easier to sin! L (Proverbs 10:19 – ouch!) “but the power” and “but in power” of the Holy Spirit is the Christian life lived!!!
I challenge you today, dear sister, stay strong. Keep at it. Deliberately spend time with the Lover of your soul today! Strive to live with an “in-Christ Consistency” (like Paul)—a life characterized by faithfulness to Christ and in the things of Christ (like Timothy)! Ask the Lord to refrain your lips and to give you pure motives in serving Him and others!
Press toward the mark!! I hope you all had a blessed (i.e. happy) day and WONDERFUL RESURRECTION DAY!!! Love in our Savior!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥