Scripture: I Corinthians 3:10-23
Key verse: (16) “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
Reflection: Paul built the church in Corinth and he describes his work using metaphors. The first metaphor he uses is agricultural — he planted the seeds, Apollos watered, and Christ made the Church grow. But, in today’s passage he used a different metaphor to describe the Church. He stated that as an expert builder he laid a foundation that each of them was building on and that foundation is Jesus Christ. He cautions them not to think more of themselves than they should because one day their work will be tested and shown for what it is. Paul reminds them that he laid a strong foundation based on the enduring foundation of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we get sidetracked building up the Church. We become impressed by the resources we have, the programs we offer, the care we provide, the benevolent work we are able to do, the beautiful facilities we enjoy. While all of these things are used in service to Christ, we may miss the foundational reality that Paul sets before us – we are the temple of God, the Church. The people, not the stuff, is what’s important because the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us. So, we don’t need to boast or brag about what we are able to do. We simply need to let God use us in service to Jesus Christ.
Remember that God’s spirit lives in you. Remember how valuable you are to God. How might this change your decisions and actions today?
Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for the grace you offer us. Help us to live in such a way that others might see a glimpse of Jesus Christ living within us. Remind us that we are of more value than the standards and wisdom of the world that can get in the way of serving you. We pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].