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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 4, 2012 - Baby Believers

By Greg Ebie

We recently brought a new baby into our family … a baby dachshund. Oscar is as cute as ever and of course wants to bite everything. This includes Lucy, our 12-year-old dachshund. Lucy has been her good-natured self and plays along with Oscar from time to time, but with a stern bark Lucy will also let the puppy know when to quit nipping at her heals.

I happened to think, what if Lucy were still like Oscar? What if she were a ball of nonstop energy, chewing everything, getting under foot, leaving puppy surprises everywhere (only bigger), crying all night and waking me up early each morning? Lucy would have been in the doghouse years ago! You accept puppy behavior … from a puppy.

Like Lucy’s bark at Oscar, Paul had to direct some stern words to the Corinthian church.

“Brothers and sisters, I couldn’t talk to you as spiritual people but as people still influenced by your corrupt nature. You were infants in your faith in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1, God’s Word).

The believers in Corinth were still acting like babies. They were immature in their faith and not fully developed spiritually. Paul said they were still influenced by their “corrupt nature.” Paul was telling the Corinthians they were still motivated by carnal or fleshly desires. In other words, they were still self-centered.

Paul pointed out one of their “baby messes.” He said they were jealous and quarrelling with each other (see verse 3). This was not the kind of behavior you expect from those who have grown up. Enough was enough. It was time for the Corinthians to begin to act like the people they were. As believers, they were “God’s temple,” and the Holy Spirit lived in them (see verse 16). It was time to stop living for their own desires and start letting God’s desires motivate them.

Do you know anyone who still only thinks of themselves? How much influence do our desires have in our day-to-day lives? Have we made God’s desires our desires? Are we still acting like infants in our faith? It’s one thing to baby babies, but its time that some Christians grew up. Let’s go look in the mirror. Are you or I one of them who needs to stop being so self-centered living only for our fleshly desires? What do you think?

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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