1 Corinthians 16: The final chapter. Paul did a lot of traveling. He wanted to come visit the Corinthians, but he had some business to take care of. Firstly, they wanted to give a gift to the church in Jerusalem. But they hadn’t really started yet. Set some aside each week as God supplies! That is a really cool way of doing it…it allows you to give consistently without struggling with setting an amount beforehand.
Another thing that Paul addressed was coming to visit. He wanted to make it a good visit, but he was going to stay in Ephesus with a good opportunity at that point. He had a busy life, and he wanted them to know that he wanted to spend time with them.
There were many people who were leaders in the church. Paul gave them some five star reviews: Timothy, Apollos, and household leaders.
These were not domineering dictators, but servant leaders in the church. Help their work, they are doing it for the refreshment of the church! I am so thankful for these people around me who are refreshing to be around.
There was a lot for the church at Corinth to learn. But they are a beloved part of the Body of Christ. I pray that we learn to be connected in these ways in the world.
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
This could be a bumper sticker, motto, or maybe even a tattoo. The Corinthians were a group of people with a lot of problems, but who wanted to pursue a closer relationship with God and others in the church. I pray that I will understand where I can pursue greater unity in the church in my town and in the world around me. Amen.
God, thank You for the ways You worked in the world that spoke to the real struggles in the church and how we can grow closer to You in daily life. Please help me to understand my own place in the church better and work toward unity. Amen.