The ‘in’ group - Hope 103.2

The ‘in’ group

By David ReayTuesday 16 Aug 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 1 Corinthians 4:8

8 You think you already have everything you need. You think you are already rich. You have begun to reign in God’s kingdom without us! I wish you really were reigning already, for then we would be reigning with you. (NLT)

Some of us have the mistaken suspicion that there are a group of rather elite Christians who are so much more advanced than us. They have perfect kids, beautiful homes, wonderful marriages, and engage constantly in heartfelt worship and see miracles occurring all around them every day.

True, some Christians are more mature than others and we are to admire and imitate their example. But no Christian is immune from life difficulties. No one has it all. When you get to know other Christians, you discover that they all have issues. The happily married couple might have health concerns; the gym-junkie health fanatics may have issues with their children; the one who is lost in apparently ecstatic worship on Sunday faces a soul-destroying job on Monday.

The Corinthians to whom Paul wrote figured they had the lot. They were the elite ‘in’ group who looked down on the strugglers, of whom Paul was one. Beware of elitism, the idea that there is one group of disciples who are God’s pets. Beware of encouraging such elitism by pretending you have it all when in all honesty you are still on the way.

None of us has arrived; we are all on the journey. Better to help one another along in the journey than pretend we have reached the destination.

David Reay