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Only Follow Jesus

After we receive Jesus as Lord of our lives, a new battle begins between our nature and God’s spirit in us. Human nature is critical, pessimistic, difficult, impatient, mean, disloyal, uncontrolled. I am tempted to spread critical gossip about an annoying co-worker, but Christ in me enables me to love my co-worker, pray for her and show her kindness. I must consciously choose to allow Christ to control my attitude and actions, resisting my faulty human nature.

In 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Paul writes to the Christ followers in Corinth about this issue because they were allowing their human tendency to idolize leaders to divide them, arguing that one leader was better than the other:  “I am a follower of Paul… I follow Apollos” (v. 4).

Paul calls this behavior babyish, showing the people’s human nature rather than Christ’s nature in them:  “…You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?” (v. 3, NLT). He then reminds them not to idolize their Christian leaders but to remember that all of us who follow Christ have equal value and purpose in leading others to Jesus.  

As Christ followers, allowing Christ to conquer our human nature on a daily basis enables us to be like Him, not divided against each other but following Christ alone as our leader, our Lord. He alone deserves our worship because He conquered death to give us life!

Reflect:

  • Are you aware of your human nature resisting Christ’s control at times?  How can these verses remind you of Christ’s desire to enable you to resist your human nature?
  • Do you idolize a leader, a political party, a sports team, etc. to the point that it separates you from other Christ followers or prevents you from sharing Christ with non-followers? Will you confess this to Christ and submit to His desire for us to be united in Him?

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