CARING ENOUGH TO CONFRONT

Being and Becoming Christian

If I gave a class a list of spelling words and told them to go over them, study them, but I will not give a test over them, how many of those students would actually study the words? Probably no one. It’s as if I’m saying, I don’t care whether you learn or not. I will never come back to see if you know them.

Paul cares enough for his baby Christians in Corinth to confront them on issues that will hurt them and dishonor God with resulting actions and behaviors that are unbecoming. “I want you to grow up well, not spoiled”, he declares. We feel the emotions of father to children as he writes…

1 Corinthians 4, The Message
9-13 It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better.

14-16 I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself.

17 This is why I sent Timothy to you earlier. He is also my dear son, and true to the Master. He will refresh your memory on the instructions I regularly give all the churches on the way of Christ.

18-20 I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air. God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.

21 So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide.

Points to Ponder

1. We all need mentors who care enough to confront us in things that will cause us to crash if not taken care of in our lives.
2. We get to decide how we take in this information. Do we fight it, rationalize the evil in us, make excuses, or take it to heart as a help to us? Choose well and might save us.
3. Be careful of those who are arrogant and full of hot air, these are not mentors that will help you. They are only out to judge and make others feel worse. They step on us to lift themselves higher.
4. Accept they fact that being and becoming Christian means that we will be misfits in this world at times. Praise God, if you don’t fit!
5. We need to be mentors of those who are coming along behind us. We need to seek mentors who are just ahead of us.

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Dear Heavenly Father, There is so much here to think about in this passage, but as we do, we give you our lives once again as an offering back to You. Transform us to be and do all that YOU intended for us before we were even born. Thank you for caring enough to confront us through wise mentors, Your Word, and through the fellowship of other believers over the years. We ARE stil becoming…Help us, still.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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