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Strength In Numbers

The Apostle Paul had some issues with the church in Corinth. The Corinthians were using the Lord’s Supper as an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. And worse, people who had nothing to eat were left out. The Corinthians’ actions were far from respectful; they were dishonoring the words of Christ: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Some of them had decided to turn their worship service into a social event, looking only after their own needs. Paul shakes them with two powerful questions: “Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing?” (1 Corinthians 11:22).

Acts 2:44-45 says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” This is how the church should work. The more we get to know Jesus as a church, the more we will know when to laugh, when to be reverent and when to provide for those in need. The saying “there is strength in numbers” is true. But this strength should never cause us to lose focus on God or be an excuse to do what we want to do; we should remember “just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). A true church always finds its strength in Jesus, nothing else.

Reflect:

  • Where have you missed seeing the needs of others because you’ve been busy meeting your own needs?
  • In what part of your life do you need to stop and listen to God?
  • Pray that God will show you someone in need today. Be faithful, and share Jesus.

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