Wednesday, November 13

You before me

Scripture: Job 39-40, 1 Corinthians 13-14

1 Corinthians 14:26 Let all things be done for edification.

Observation

Paul is instructing the Corinthians on how to conduct their worship services.  He corrects some imbalances regarding the use of spiritual gifts, outlines what should be done in church, and gives this guiding principle: Let all things be done for edification.  Each person should be thinking of what he or she can do to edify (build up) others, not just his or her personal preference and edification.  It’s another expression of love: doing what is best for others no matter what it costs you.  You put others’ good ahead of your own.  You before me.

Application

This guiding principle applies not just to conducting church services, but to all of life!  Let all things be done for edification.  In all that you do, seek to build others up.  

Don’t be selfish and seek your own good at the expense of others (this is what was happening in their church services when people were speaking in tongues with no thought of those in the room who didn’t understand).  Put others ahead of yourself.  In 1 Corinthians 10:33 Paul says, “I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”  This is love: you before me.

Don’t tear people down, but build them up.  In all that you do, seek to build others up, to encourage, strengthen, and help them grow.  In each interaction with people, ask what God is doing to help that person, and join Him.  This is love: build people up.

Prayer: Lord, help me think of myself less and others more.  Help me in all I do to build others up and put them before myself.