1 Corinthians 4:7 – For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
The Apostle Paul is one of the most interesting cases of conversion in the New Testament. Once a proud Jewish Pharisee, he was forced to realize his error by none other than Jesus Christ while he was on his way to persecute, imprison and otherwise defame faithful Christians in Damascus. This conversion gave the Apostle a view of people from both sides: the self-righteous bigot and the humble lover of men. After Jesus changed his perspective, he could immediately identify the same biases in others. As a Christian leader today, this skill is remains crucial.
Much like the modern church, the Corinthians were torn by internal debate, dessension and division. In order to work together to achieve the purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ, the body of believers must work together, setting aside personal priorities and ideas for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Cliques and partisanship within the church frustrate her purpose and objective of glorifying God.
Paul points out that we must remember the source of our life. It is a a gift. Faith was given by God. We received it as a dying man receives emergency resuscitation. We did not open our hearts. We did not accept it. It was given to lost souls who had no means to refuse it.
What do we have that we did not receive? Nothing. No spiritual blessing is self-derived. All good things come from God. He has done what we could never do for ourselves. Praise the Lord that you are in the receiving line of His love, grace, and mercy. Let’s work out our differences. Do not let the Enemy divide us.