HOW AMAZING THAT WE GET TO ASSIST GOD IN HIS PLAN!
- Key Verse
- I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
- READ THE CHAPTER
Each of us has a task to serve God's kingdom, but the glory is ultimately His.
ReflectionsIn this section of 1 Corinthians 3, Paul encourages the Corinthians to refocus on God's ultimate sovereignty rather than which "preacher" to follow. In verse 5 (NIV), Paul says that their leaders are "[o]nly servants . . . as the Lord has assigned to each his task." The Corinthians were dividing themselves and quarreling about which of God's leaders to follow, rather than recognizing that Paul, Apollos, and Cephas were just fulfilling their call from God to plant and water His seeds. God would do the growing.
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10 (NIV): "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." I like that it is a call to action at the same time as a reminder that He has known me (and His tasks for me to do) from the beginning of time. If God could prepare good works for me to do, He knew in advance my strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities available for me to serve Him.
How can I be shy about serving the kingdom if the Creator designed me to do it? Why do I worry about having enough time when I know He is creating opportunities all around me? When I remember that it isn't about me, but rather Him and His ultimate plan, serving Him becomes much easier. And how great to get to be a part of what He planned in advance!
Discussion Questions1. What are the tasks God has assigned to you for the furthering of His kingdom?
2. What hurdles seem to get in the way of these tasks?
3. What are your spiritual gifts? How are you using them?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
1 Corinthians 2-6 (June 18-22)
Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
* If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, who lives in you?
* What do these verses say your body is?
* How would you expect someone to take care of a temple?
* What does it mean that you were bought with a high price?
* How do you treat something that is very expensive?
* How can you honor God with your body? (Make a list of at least 10 things.)
Activity: Go outside and use sidewalk chalk to draw a body for each family member. Be sure to include the eyes, ears, mouth, brain, heart, hands, feet, and stomach. Now for each of these parts, discuss ways that you can honor God with them.