1 Corinthians 16
Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
The chapter starts with a great guideline for tithing. Tithing should be planned, and be the first expense we budget for. Tithing should be proportional to our income and tithing should be set aside for the Lord’s work done through His people.
Paul then indicates a few requests and ends off with greetings from those within the church. In the middle of the chapter there are two verses that concisely sum up Paul’s message to the Christian church. In these verses he is very clear that living as a Christian is not plain sailing; we should not expect life to be easy once we become a Christian. Paul warns us to be on our guard and expect our faith to be tested. The exhortation to stand firm is also repeated in Ephesians where Paul urges us to put on the full armour of God so that we can fight the spiritual war that seeks to destroy our faith.
We as individuals in the church, and the church as a whole body should not waiver in the face of adversity and should show a strength that can only come from trusting in the Lord. We can stand firm when we build our lives on the Word of God, just as in Jesus’ parable of the wise man who builds his house upon the rock. When we seek to grow by spending time in God’s Word (the only offensive weapon referred to in Ephesians 6); we are able to withstand the devil’s schemes to distract us and lead us astray. We need to resolve to not only spend time in God’s Word this year as we read the blog together, but to desire to grow deeper every year. As we grow, we are able to love God more and to love our neighbour in a way that glorifies God.
Dear Father God, we pray that you will help us to stand firm in our faith. Please buckle the belt of trust around our waists, put the breastplate of righteousness in place, and fit our feet with shoes so that we have the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Help us to take up the shield of faith and place the helmet of salvation on our heads so that our faith will remain secure. Finally, help us to make the best use of the sword of the Spirit that is your Word, to be able to grow in the likeness of Christ. Help us to be faithful in our prayers for your help, and live for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.