“Let all things be done for edification.” 1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB
Boy, oh boy. If you haven’t noticed by now, the Church at Corinth had LOTS of issues. In this chapter, Paul addresses a very specific issue in the church. Clearly there is a lack of order and a lack of a worship experience that is uplifting to everyone. The underlying problem appears to be a couple of people who like to “show off” their gifts (here the ability to speak in “tongues.”) Perhaps that wouldn’t have been such a big deal except for the fact that no one else in the congregation is benefiting from these demonstrations. In fact, these displays are apparently causing disorder in church.
Evidently the heart of the problem is selfishness. Worship? Selfish? No way, you say? Yes way! Could it be possible to be selfish concerning worship? Apparently, yes. Selfishness is rooted within our very being and it shouldn’t surprise us if it displays itself even at church. The solution to our problem is found in turning our eyes to the most selfless being to have ever walked this earth–Jesus Christ. When you revisit the selfless life of Christ, a sense of awe and admiration should fill every element of your being. As you’re taken over by His selflessness, ask Him to do the same in your life. Ask Jesus to give you victory over one of your fiercest enemies–Self.
And the next time you’re tempted to “have it your way,” ask yourself if your contribution will uplift others to Jesus first.
Victory is ours . . .
In Christ Alone,
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.