In Christ alone
In this way, the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you, so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:6-9
There are times we become more devoted to things other than God and His glory. We get distracted pursuing things that pull us off from our devotion to God. It is easy to succumb to such desire for each day of our lives we are surrounded with the things of this world. From the text, Paul reminded Christians in Corinth of their future inheritance. While they eagerly wait for the appearance of Jesus, they are not to be occupied by the things of this world but the testimony of their relationship with God. Part of our old sinful nature is to become obsessed with things. Devotion becomes an obsession when it replaces proper adoration and behavior that is supposed to be for God. This then becomes sinful because God wants nothing that holds more devotion in our lives than Him. “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’” (Matthew 22:37). Paul told them that they already have what God wants them to possess. “You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us—and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you! (1 Corinthians 4:8). So, when you look within, what is the most important to you? What do you devote your most time to? Do you find that sometimes there are things that you feel most intensely devoted to and it is not of the Lord? If our devotion gets out of sync with our relationship with God and what He provides for us, then we need to be deliberate in doing something about this. What we have in this world is temporary and what we have with God is eternal. It is very easy to become derailed in our spiritual walk when our devotion is not focused on God. We will give an account on how we manifested faithfulness to what He entrusted to us for He wants us to “be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” “God is faithful” and He has proven this to us through His sacrifice on the cross. Let us enjoy the blessing of having a continual fellowship with Him and anticipate the day we will see Him face to face.
Noel De Guzman