Daily Archives: November 22, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 10:12-11:2
12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
13 But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. 17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Paul and the False Apostles
11:1 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
It’s Not About Me | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 10:18
Surprisingly, it’s actually not all about me! Despite the alarm clock, posters, and stickers I had in my room growing up! Since everything I have and everything I’ve done comes from the Lord, unless I’m glorifying Him with it, it doesn’t count for much. He needs to be at the center, not me.
Just as John the Baptist told his followers when they complained of Jesus’ rise in popularity, I need to realize that, “He must become greater and greater while I become less and less.” It’s amazing how this verse has followed me around this year. I admit I appreciate accolades, who doesn’t?! But at the end of the day, what matters is where my heart is. Am I serving man or am I serving God? I must become less and less while He becomes greater and greater. It’s not about me, it’s about God.
Lord, align my heart with Yours so I’m serving the right master. Help me readjust my focus so I can see You clearly and blur out what doesn’t matter. Thank You, thank You, oh thank You for the many blessings and gifts you’ve given me this year and over the course of my life! I pray You help me maintain an attitude of gratitude long after the Thanksgiving holiday ends! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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