Today we have the modern equivalents of the feasting in Corinth on the food that had been offered to the idols, especially in prosperous countries in the things that the masses idolize. In Corinth athletic sports were idolized, it is no different today – people call them ‘Stars’ or 'gods' . We better reflect on how much idolizing happens!
The apostle Paul also look at those athletes and recognised
“Every athlete exercises self control …they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable”(1 Corinthians 9:25).He tells believers,
“So run that you may obtain it …I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified”(1 Corinthians 9:24,27).When we look at those athletes and film icons, how do we appreciate their work. How much recognition do we give to the television star or to a footballer, and to the doctor who saves many lives. When we look at the wages the footballer earns and than look at what a doctor or a nurse receives monthly, it show how much life has become worth in our society. A very good barometer to get to know what a human person is worth is looking at the prizes of hitman. the prizes of contract killers have gone down enormously the last few years.
The prize of surrogate mothers kept about the same for the last 5 years.
The policy of looking at human beings has worsened the last few years. Most people got more interested in the car or electric gadgets the neighbour has than in the person himself. World has become so commercialised and so materialistic that there is no place for the common man and certainly not for the Creator of all things.
Not many are interested in getting to know the other human beings and being ready to come to their help. To get to know a Spirit, Which they can not see or hear, is even worse... Why should they show any interest in Such an unreachable Bearing?
Those who love the God of gods, should come out and show the world their love for the Most High of all. They should show the world that That eternal Spirit is One of a kind. In Him they should put all their trust and come forwards to tell people about all His Works and promises.
Being aware of the particular love they received, believers in the Only One God, should be willing to share that love with others.
Love is, above all, an active quality; genuine love causes us to do things: it motivates our heart. Now, the things love causes us to do are not things we do out of a sense of obligation, there should not be occasions when we say,
“I suppose I had better do …”especially when it comes to serving the Lord.
Time is at hand that we come in to the public to serve the Most High Almighty.
When Jehovah God, who sees all things through his spirit (Psalm 139:1-6) knows that our professions of love for him come right from our hearts – we are “known by God”. But this is more than a one sided sense of knowing, to truly know God results in a two-way relationship, David’s Psalms show this, we read this morning,
We are the ones who belong to God and are willing to show that to the world.“Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his”(100:3).
We read a few days ago in Exodus,
“Moses said to the LORD …you have said, ‘I know you by name …therefore if I have found favour in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you…””(33:12,13).
Knowing God comes through knowing his ways; leading to the realization that we are “working together with him”(2 Corinthians 6:1).
One of the wonders of this, Paul told the Corinthians, is to realize that
“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”(1 Corinthians 10:13).Let us endure all tribulation which may come over us because we our lovers of God. Let us be brightened by His Glory and pronounce His Name with full dignity.
Not the idols and stars of this world should receive all honour, but title should be given to the Most High, Divine Creator, Jehovah God.
Please do find additional reading:
- The business of this life
- Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
- Christian values and voting not just a game
- Idolatry or idol worship
- Worship and worshipping
- Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
- A God between many gods
- Finding God amid all the religious externals
- Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
- People Seeking for God 1 Looking for answers
- People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
- People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
- People Seeking for God 4 Biblical terms
- People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
- Only worship the Creator of all things
- Praise the God with His Name
- Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
- Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name
- “If anyone loves God, he is known by God” (February 25 thought)
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name
- In the death of Christ, the son of God, is glorification