Identification with “status” is all around us. We are daily inundated with the world’s system and orientation – which screams for more attention, more fame, and more prestige. Unfortunately, we also live in a way that all too often abides according to the world’s system of social status and “professional” association. This way of thinking creates arrogant divisions and prideful discord among the Body of Christ. Churches have been torn apart, leaders have fallen, and ministries have hit the dust as a result of this pervasive sin.
In a world of status symbols, self-adulation, and independent thinking; how can you and I build-up unity within the Body of Christ, rather than tear it apart with our own pride? As followers of Christ and those being followed as leaders in the Body of Christ, how can we avoid the devastating effects of division and disunity?
Our penchant for pride runs deep. I know mine does. We can be driven to want the world’s style and status of success. In many ways this mentality is not any different than the believers’ in ancient Corinth. You see, they also were enamored with personalities and worldly prowess. And, as a result, the church there was also riddled with horrendous division and disunity. Why? They were finding their headship in a personality rather than the Person: Jesus Christ. So, let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians 1:10-17…
In Christ Alone,
Michael J. Breznau
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