Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 11-12.

Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” That isn’t a random statement thrown in between two sections of Paul’s letter. That is the conclusion of his discussion of love and meats offered to idols. Paul just said he put the glory of God and the salvation of others ahead of his own desires, preferences, privileges, and rights. He is now saying, he learned that from Jesus. In other words, Jesus put our salvation before His own desires, preferences, privileges, and rights when He went to the cross for us. Paul’s point is basically, “Don’t try to claim you would sacrifice your life for others if you won’t even sacrifice your favorite dinner for them.” Let’s imitate Christ, just like Paul did.

Monday’s reading is 1 Corinthians 13-14.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, as you grow up, it is good to look to others you want to be like. As I told your parents above, Christ should be at the head of the lists. But I also want to point you to Paul’s discussion about the body in 1 Corinthians 12. It is great to see people you want to be like. However, don’t be upset if you aren’t like some of the people you see. You may not have the same gifts as the friends you grow up with. You may not develop the same abilities. That’s okay. You develop the gifts and abilities God has given you, then make sure you use them to glorify Him. There is a place for you in His body, the church. Grow with the gifts and abilities He has given you, then do your work in Christ’s church no matter what anyone else is doing.

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