April 17, 2020
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NRSV)
Certified Lay Minister of Pikeville UMC
Scenic South District
The Resurrection of Christ15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NRSV)
Greetings Church! I pray that this devotion finds you well and safe. Since my last devotion we have all had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and what a change it has made in our daily routine! Understatement right? In the scripture today Paul is wanting to remind the church about what is important. Christ Lived. Christ Died and that most importantly Christ Lives today. Sometimes as a Church we forget what is really important. We argue over things that really have no bearing on our calling, sharing the "Good News" loving one another, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick etc..You know in some ways this horrible virus has given us the time to maybe focus on what's really important.
Of First Importance
Are we the church without the building? Yes.
Does all of our petty differences lead others to Christ or strengthen the church? No.
Are we led by the Holy Spirit or by something else? As for me, I will tell everyone about my risen Savior who loves us all. Who accepts all of us equally as we accept his wonderful gift. I will tell them of His life, death and focus on the truth that He lives and loves us today.
Are you focused on sharing that Good News? Or are you more focused on judging and limiting the Kingdom?
When we stray from the basics my brethren, we let our will get in the way of His. Please remember what Paul said in today's text "But by the grace of God I am what I am" and remember, that grace applies to all of us sinners equally.
I Love You All so Very Much. Please take care of One Another. In Christ's Name.