To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
(1 Corinthians 1:2 ESV)
On Monday’s blog post, Called To Be, we walked through the life and calling of Paul to understand that God has called us by His will to a loving relationship with Him to do His good will. Today we review the second verse in 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 and see that God has called you to unification with other believers.
The Apostle Paul was very clear in his letter, that God had a plan for each man and woman that he has called to a loving relationship with Him (1 Corinthians 7:17). God calls people to himself who are in various situation regarding economics, family, and religious background, and it is through those different dynamics that God works out His will. I am reminded of Timothy, and how his father was a Greek and his mother and grandmother were Jews. We can imagine that God’s plan for Timothy’s life was one in which his background was incorporated into his calling. By having such a diverse home life, Timothy would have been more understanding of the thinking of both Greeks and Jews. This knowledge would have enabled him to be a greater witness for Jesus Christ.
We, as believers, are to “lead the life that the Lords has assigned,” or dealt out, “to him, and to which God has called him to.” God has called each of us to accomplish His will and we all were made to drink from His Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). God has called us to be unified with other believers.
Remember our two questions from Sunday? “What is Jesus saying to me? What am I going to do in response?” So are you unified with your fellow believers? How are you going to lovingly lift them up this week?
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