Day Two: May Our Lives Speak

1 Corinthians 4:16 (NLT) 16 So I urge you to imitate me.

“One of the things we need constantly to remind ourselves when reading Paul (and when thinking about our own Christian living within a hostile world) is that nobody in Corinth, or any of the other towns outside Palestine, had ever before witnessed somebody living the way Paul lived. Nobody had seen someone giving of himself generously, living a life of self-sacrifice, and refusing to play the power-games and the prestige-games that were the stock-in-trade, not only of the sophistic teachers who came and went (and made a lot of money), but of the local rulers, the magistrates and civic dignitaries, and those who promoted and ran the new imperial cult. Paul was different, and the difference mattered, because he was modelling the Christ-life…His only authority – but it is the most powerful sort – was that of someone who was living and preaching the gospel of Jesus, and acting out the commission which Jesus had given him. He didn’t need to say much; he left that to the ‘puffed-up’ people. His uniform – the life he was living, which he urged them to copy – said all that was necessary.” [Wright, N.T.. Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians]

As we worship to the song, “Louder” (click here) by Matt Redman, let’s pray for our churches that our lives will speak louder and glorify our Savior Lord Jesus Christ in the cities that He has called us to.

-DP

 

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