Day 3: Be United
According to a 2017 study, 1% of the world’s population has 50% of the world’s wealth. Other statistics indicate that just 6% of the world’s population has 72% of the world’s wealth.
This is not to say that every one of the world’s wealthiest individuals are immoral. But it does show that, overall, the world’s richest individuals likely have a different view of lower class society than those who have little wealth. Similarly, those with little wealth likely have a different view of upper class society than those who have tremendous wealth.
In the ancient city of Corinth, the wealthy and the poor struggled with this dynamic as well, even within the church. Wealthy church members were continuing to have large dinner gatherings with their friends, while poor church members were going hungry. Upon learning of this, Paul was enraged. He writes, “What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter (11:22)!”
Instead, Paul encouraged all Christians, whether rich or poor, men or women, to come together for the Lord’s Supper. He desired each individual to examine him/herself, to identify any ungodly thoughts or actions they may have about wealth or gender. As you read today, consider this: How regularly do you examine your thoughts and actions regarding those of a different wealth? Gender? Race?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-33
How regularly do you examine your thoughts and actions regarding those of a different wealth? Gender? Race?
How may God be inviting you to give more time and attention to thinking about wealth, gender, or race? Be specific.
Who can you ask to help you follow through on how you answered the above question?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Nehemiah 10
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, Your Word is clear in communicating the importance of unity among Your people. I confess there are times when unity is hard for me. There are times when I get frustrated with a fellow Christian. There are times when I get frustrated about things that are outside my control. Today, I’m simply reminded that most of life is outside my control. But one thing inside my control is how well I follow You, and how well I choose to be united with others. Continue to provide me with wisdom in how I may live in unity with others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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