We are called to identify with Christ in our actions. We are called to partake of the Lord’s Table when we are identified with Christ. In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul addresses the issue of those who would partake of the demons table and then come to the Lord’s Table. The absurdity of this is obvious. Yet in this world people do try to sit at both tables. In this message, Pastor Steve opens up 1 Corinthians 10 to seek clarity from the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 16
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.
22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
After yesterday morning’s message, I read these verses in my personal reading this morning. Notice the call to “let all that you do be done with love” and “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed” and “my love be with you all in Christ Jesus.” The final words of a letter will wrap up the writers emphasis. It seems that Paul was emphasizing the love of Christ in them and in him.
To have the love of Christ and to live the love of Christ was the answer of Christ when he was asked what the greatest commandment of the law was. His answer, yesterday’s sermon, found in Matthew 22 was that we are to love God with all of our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Yesterday we studied that God is love, God’s love shows us how to love, and that we are to love with the action that God showed in his love to us. Of course, God’s action of love is that he continually gave to those that he created in his image and that he gave of himself when he sent the Lord Jesus to become the sacrifice for our sin.
So how do we “let all that we do be done with love?” The opposite action of love is taking, a selfishness that always thinks of self first. The action of love then is a selfless giving that gives to those in need and does so at all times. Galatians 6:10, “Let us do good to all men, especially those of the household of faith.” We are also taught in Galatians to “bear one another’s burdens and to so fulfill the law of Christ.” To whom are you doing good things? Whose burdens are you helping to bear? If you are not actively showing the love of God to someone, ask God who you can show his love to. Ask God to open your eyes to someone’s need and then reach across your insecurities and do what you can to meet their needs or to help them carry their burdens. Then we will be heeding Paul’s final words in 1 Corinthians, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.”
Last week I was in class and the week before I was preparing for class. It is good to have the class finished and to be back into my work schedule. Thanks for your prayers for me during that time. God enabled me to get everything done and I am thankful.
This week and next week, we are finishing some things at the house. If you like to paint or to clean carpet or do other things, we could probably use your help. Getting the house ready to sell is a HUGE job. We have appreciated those who have already helped us. There is still much to do.
Have a great day in the Lord,