What’s Everyone Up Too? (I Corinthians 1-2)

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours, I Corinthians 1:2

At the first part of the week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with my Dad, my brother, and my sister. The first question my brother asked was, what have you been up too?

He and I had not talked in a couple of months, so there was a lot of what we each had been up to to share with each other. If someone asked you, what have you been up too, how would you respond?

As Paul begins his first letter to the church at Corinth, he is focusing totally on completing his work of taking the gospel to the world. Paul has much to say to this very busy church. Over the next few days we will revisit his teaching to this busy church.

But today I want to focus on what Paul wrote in his greeting. His words spoke deeply to my heart. As Paul greets the church, he reminds them of this truth:

they were called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul reminds the church at Corinth of the unity in the body of Christ. Paul assumes his readers would know that the Body of Christ was praying every day.

Question: Are you praying every day?

As I answered my brothers question about what I had been up too, I included this: Danny I pray for you every week. If you could have seen the smile on my brothers’s face. It was a great joy to see his thankfulness for my prayers.

As I read the greeting from Paul, I wondered, does every church and does every Christian daily engage in intercessory prayer. E.M. Bounds wrote the following about prayer:

“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.”

Brothers and sisters, the most important assignment we have in the body of Christ is prayer! But wait, your response could be, but I thought sharing my faith is the most important assignment. Dear friend, I never met a praying Christian who did not give themselves totally to sharing their faith.

My you and I join with the body of Christ in prayer today!!!

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