1 Corinthians 4
(1-21) The Ministry of Apostles
One day, the Lord will bring to light those things that have been done in darkness and will reveal the purposes of the heart. With this knowledge, it is important that Christians live faithfully, whether they are seen by others or not.
As believers in Christ, none of us should be puffed of because of something that we have. We should instead recognize that all that we have comes from above and is a gift of God’s grace and love towards us.
Paul sarcastically tells the Corinthian Christians that they make think they are already rich and reigning as kings, but as an apostle, he is often buffeted, reviled, persecuted, slandered, and at the point of death. The world considers him and other apostles ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, but they faithfully respond with blessings and love and grace. We can respond in the same manner to those who consider our faith folly because we know that he or she “is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Jim Elliott).
Favorite verse: (8) Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!