1 Corinthians 10:32-11:1..32 Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33c so that they may be saved. 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
Paul said give no offense to anyone or to the church! Today “anyone” would include a large % of the USA & world population because only 6% in the USA have a biblical world view and maybe a smaller % in the world. Jesus said “love your neighbors” and “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. A Trying to love and please everyone does not include compromising biblical truth. However, we should always do our best not to be a stumbling block to anyone while sharing the gospel.
This is possible for the Disciple because we love Jesus and desire to keep His commandments because of our gratitude for the enormous sacrifice He made on the cross. We demonstrate our thankfulness and love for Jesus by desiring as the highest priority keeping His commandments and they are not a burden. B
In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul calls on Disciples in Corinth to imitate him as he imitates Jesus. At the time Paul wrote to Corinth only 4 letters of the New Testament had been written. C The early Disciples had access to the Old Testament scrolls, but they were limited in number. Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will teach you all thing“,D Jesus had appeared directly to Paul four times E and Paul had spent 3 years in Arabia studying the Old Testament and being instructed by the Holy Spirit. F
These experiences changed Paul and as a result he imitated Jesus and he asks the Corinthians to imitate him. Today we have the entire Bible, the Holy Spirit and over 1,900 years of fulfilled prophecy available so we can imitate Jesus and reveal His glory. There is Power in the Word to change the Disciples life so we can imitate Jesus!
We can be with Jesus today as we immerse ourselves in His Word and prayer. This takes time, surrender and obedience to his will. Paul spent 3 years in the desert alone with God and the Word. Will you commit to spend 1/2 to 1 hour per day in Bible study and prayer?
What changes do you need to make in your actions or words so you can imitate your leader, Jesus, and reveal His glory to everyone you come into contact with?
Henry Luke 3/31/2018
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