Posts Tagged ‘Think’


1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 13
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God… Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

Today’s chapter deals with eating food sacrificed to idols, something you may not be accustomed to. In those times, food sacrificed to idols was offered to people in the market place, in places of worship and at events. The Corinthian church members had no problems eating such food because they knew that these idols were nothing and they followed the one true God. The newer members however, found this difficult to accept and understand and it caused them to be confused and sin. Are we responsible for the sins of others?

Back in the day before I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour, parties were ones where alcohol flowed, tongues slurred, crude jokes cracked, lewd songs sung and embarrassment was an unfamiliar concept. I once went to my wife’s (Then my girlfriend) family party and I was shocked that they partied without liquor, crude jokes and embarrassing moments. Their parties were about fellowship, singing songs that glorified God, prayer, awesome food, good jokes and the sharing of the word. As a seeking Christian, that was what brought me to my knees and I wanted to be a part of this family. Paul reminds us that we need to watch what we do for those who are quietly seeking might look at us and falter in their walk. Lets be conscious of our actions for the consequence may be another man’s eternal loss. Lets be worthy Ambassadors for Jesus in this world!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 5:3-5a, 9-10a
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died…Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” At that moment she fell down at his feet and died.

The believers were all one in heart and mind and shared everything they had with each other. Those that had land and property sold them and brought the money to the apostles to use in the community and no one lacked anything. This is not something we can do today because we are worried how we will manage before we can worry about even our own family, forget our family in Christ. The issue highlighted in today’s passage is not just about sharing all we have with each other but about lying to the Holy Spirit. Is that an issue we face?

I have had severe difficulty dealing with lying because I lied for no reason most of my life and the Lord had to scrape it out of me in very painful ways. I am still tempted to lie about things just to sound ‘cool’ or to get away from a situation and the consequences are often dire. In the passage above, it talks about lying to the Holy Spirit and to God and this might sound alien to you but it’s really not. What Ananias and Sapphira did might have seemed like self-preservation but to the Lord, it was a break of trust. We are reminded today that we are not people of this world but God’s chosen ones and our lives are a living testimony of God`s saving grace. Therefore, we need to seek ways to glorify God and not to shame him or we will face his wrath!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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