“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
We have come to the end of 1 Corinthians and what an end it is. During our time in this letter we have learned that the Christians in Corinth were more about the scene than they were about the King. They had great teachers and experienced all the spiritual gifts, but they lacked love. It was their lack of love that caused envy, strife, and division in the church.
This is why chapter 13 is seen as the crescendo of the book. That chapter has become known as the “love” chapter because Paul began it by saying “and yet I show you a more excellent way” and he ended it by declaring that “the greatest of these is love.” The reason love is the greatest is because it empowers us to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
There is no doubt Paul was used greatly by God, but he certainly wasn’t the only one used greatly at that time. In the conclusion of 1 Corinthians, Paul goes out of his way to mention the many others who were always abounding in the work of the Lord. These were men and women who were so in love with the Lord that they devoted themselves to come alongside Paul to love and serve the people in Corinth. Have you ever heard the old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well, Paul knew it took a village to raise a Christian.
Join us this Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 16:10-23 and take a look at the citizens of the village that worked alongside Paul. What we’ll find is that although these people served the Lord in many different ways, they all shared the same motivation - they were “Addicted to Love”.
God bless you all and hope to see you on Sunday!