OVERVIEW: Paul scolds the believers who were not growing in their faith. They should have been leading others, but instead, they needed leadership.
BIG IDEA: Don’t be content with gaining immense amounts of worldly knowledge.
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 3:3 (Paul to the Corinthians)
…for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. 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?
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have high expectations for you, and they’re not unrealistic. Sure I have high standards, but I have given you the Holy Spirit, so I am always available to you. You have the most potent force in the world with you every moment of every day. Seek me, and you will find me. Listen for my instruction, and you will hear it. When you do these things, you will be building your life on a solid foundation, not the world’s sinking sand.
Do not put all your trust in yourself. Your experience and intelligence and abilities may be phenomenal. But don’t deceive yourself. When you judge according to the world’s standards, you may shine, but I have more for you—so much more. Put your trust and hope in me and my word. Listen to godly instruction as well as seeking me in my Bible as you are doing now. Continue to turn to me and trust me. Then I will use you and the gifts and abilities I have given you to impact the world around you.
Evaluate your spiritual interest these days. Are you hungry for more of God and seeking him, or are you coasting and relying on your strength and wisdom? Take time to reflect and recommit your time and energy to God. Seek him and his power.
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