1 Corinthians 4
The key word in this chapter is “steward.” The word in Greek is the one which gives us the word “economy.” Oikos is the word for “house,” and nemo, the word for “manage.” A steward is the one who “manages the house.”
Now the “house,” here in Paul refers to God’s House. Remember that you are to be the place where God dwells in the Holy Spirit. How you manage your life and your body is God’s business, not yours. We are also called to “manage” the wonderful things of God—divine priorities and plans. Everything about our world belongs to God and is given to us for our safekeeping and furthering.
“Do your own thing”—that is the world’s way. “Do God’s thing”—the way of being God’s steward.
What are these?
Never judging anyone v. 5
Wishing well when others hurt v. 12
When cursed at, using kind words v. 13
Your kingdom: not words, but pow’r v. 20
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
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