Day One: Spiritual Father

1 Corinthians 4:15 (NLT) 15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.

 Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT) We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

As a spiritual father in Christ, Paul is not going to withhold telling the truth to the Corinthians. Corinthians’ love for wisdom, philosophy of their culture was dangerous because they were priding themselves in knowledge, in self accomplishment and self-sufficiency which took them farther away from the cross. Humility went out the door. Denying the power of the cross was manifested in their arrogance which impacted their relationship with Paul and others. We all need to hear the message of the cross again and again to live the life that God has intended for us, a life of loving God and loving others with sacrificial love. Paul is committed to seeing his beloved children in Corinth through so that they may life a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.

Spend time praising and worshipping our risen Lord as you sing “Christ Is Risen” (click here) by Phil Wickham. Let’s return to the cross, remembering how we were rescued from sin and death.