Anglican Daily Fountain 15 January 2022 

TOPIC: Servants of Christ

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21 (NKJV)
1. Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
4. For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.
5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.

7. For who makes you differ [from another?] And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive [it,] why do you boast as if you had not received [it?]
8. You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us — and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
9. For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10. We [are] fools for Christ’s sake, but you [are] wise in Christ! We [are] weak, but you [are] strong! You [are] distinguished, but we [are] dishonored!
11. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
12. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;

13. being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
14. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn [you.]
15. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [you do] not [have] many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
17. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
18. Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you.
19. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.
20. For the kingdom of God [is] not in word but in power.
21. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?

Anglican Daily Fountain 15 January 2022  STUDY

Apostles are servants of the Lord and both Paul and Apollos have been assigned positions as servants by the Lord. In a series of well-constructed metaphors, Paul portrays himself and Apollos as farm workers, construction labourers, and household stewards, in order to emphasise collegiality against partnership, and to diminish the importance attributed to them. Paul urged the Corinthians to think of him, Peter, and Apollos, as mere servants of Christ entrusted with the secret things of God (1 Cor. 2:7).

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A servant does what his master tells him to do. We must do what God tells us to do in his Word and through his Holy Spirit. Each day God presents us with needs and opportunities that challenge us to do what we know is right. How easy it is for us to become attached to a spiritual leader. When someone has helped us, it is natural to feel loyalty; but Paul warns against having such pride in our favourite leaders that we cause divisions in the church.

Any true spiritual leader is a representative of Christ and has nothing to offer that God hasn’t given him or her. Do not let your loyalty cause strife, slander, or broken relationships. Make sure that your deepest loyalties are to Christ and not to his human agents. Those who spend more time in debating church leadership than in declaring Christ’s message don’t have the mind of Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me grace to show Christ to the world by being an example of a true believer. Amen.

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