Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 4
Key to Influence
If you want to know what made Paul such an effective witness, you need look no further than today’s reading. It is what also gave him the ability to confront the Corinthian church with the issues in this book. What is it? You’ll find it if you look in verse seventeen. Paul says that he has a life that “agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.” What a statement! No wonder he had such power. He was a person in whom there was no hypocrisy. What he preached and taught to others or confronted others about was what he lived. Otherwise he could not address others’ issues knowing his own life had areas that had not been made right. He would avoid saying what needed to be said because his own life did not measure up. In Paul’s case, his life was consistent with what he said and taught. When you put the truth of God together with a consistent life, you have incredible power. Could you make this statement? Does your life agree with “everything” you say? Do your friends even know you have a relationship with God? Our world desperately needs to see people living a lives consistent with what they claim to believe. What area do you need to begin to work on so this can be true of you?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?