A Brief Devotional
21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.1 Corinthians 3:21-24 English Standard Version
ARC GUIDE LEVEL 1
Ideal for those getting acquainted with our thought process at Ammi Ruhama Community.
When Paul writes that all things are ours he does so from the position of instructing oversized baby Christians about where they ought to have been outsourcing their spiritual nutrition. The people of God in Corinth had restricted their spiritual diet to one or another teacher and it was stunting their growth. It was stunting their growth not because one or the other teacher was not preaching the full gospel but because they were limited in their gifting as people to express the whole range of the Spirit of God in the way that only the full body of Christ can. Paul reminds the Corinthians like God instructs Adam and Eve in Genesis, ‘the whole of the garden is there for you to partake of for food!’
Peter echoes this sentiment in his second letter when he says,
3His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us toc his own glory and excellence,d 4by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.2 Peter 1:3-4 English Standard Version
God has given us all things and all people to help us grow up into the fullness of Christ. We, however, have curated a sensitive pallet when it comes to hearing truth from certain corners of Christianity or from certain people. When God speaks through those people we say, “it was okay, but not to my taste”, “Paul is too verbose…and short!”, “Peter is too Jewish!”, “John is too wishy washy!” “That message was okay, but it would have been better if it was delivered by a man”, “yeah, okay, he says truth sometimes, but it’s like pearls among the mud”.
Let the wine of communion cleanse our pallet, o fellow believers, and let the reality of God speaking from whomever He will speak strike our hearts with holy reverence and fear, for it is God who is speaking and willing and working for His own good will and pleasure. Let us not be picky eaters.