Persevere In The Face Of Evil

Daily God Walk for Monday, November 2, 2009

 My dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor I the Lord is not in vain.              – 1 Corinthians 15:58

 This appeal by Paul to the church at Corinth doesn’t give the full story. We all should hear Paul’s encouragement and stand firm not letting anything move us. But to the Corinthian believers it is particularly important.

Corinth was a center for Aphrodite worship and the temple had 1000 prostitutes consecrated to the worship of Aphrodite. It was very much a center for pleasure and people came from long distances to indulge her debaucheries.

It was in this setting that Paul addresses a young church filled with believers whose only cultural identity was that of the evil of that city. The people were ruled by their desire for self-fulfillment and pleasure. They were truly a WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) society.

Paul introduced them to an entirely new concept. True fulfillment comes through knowing the Christ who brings reconciliation to God. Many of the inhabitants of Corinth, whose souls had been bankrupted by the pursuit of fleshly pleasure, were ready to hear of a Christ who could bring peace and fullness to their emptiness. In this context Paul calls the church to stand firm and not be moved by the sin around them.

It is not hard to derive a parallel with our society today and the society of Corinth in Paul’s time. Pleasure is god and self-fulfillment is the objective. The gospel of hedonism is preached in every advertisement and people are influenced to follow empty promises by the millions.

In the face of this age of sensuality where personal pleasure is the greatest motivator we who are the body of the Christ are being called to stand firm. We cannot be moved by the sin around us. We must give ourselves to the work of the Lord because we know that regardless of what the world promises it only delivers disappointment and emptiness.

 Principle: Peace and fulfillment can only come through faith in Christ.

 Affirmation: I will stand firm and not be moved from my faith in Christ.

 Prayer: Lord, I still live in this house of flesh and there are times when its pull is strong. Grant me your strength to persevere. In Jesus name amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 142 – Lamentations 4-5 – 1 Peter 4 – Proverbs 2

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