February 12, 2017

 

1 Cor 3:1-9

Mt 5:21-37

 

There are passages in the Bible that ask us the question, “On what level are you living?”  1 Corinthians 3:1-9 is like that. Supposing you lived on the ground floor of a multi-story building you would have a rather restricted view of the world around you compared with the view you would get if you lived on the top floor. One could be called pedestrian, the other aerial.  Living on the natural level, Paul called it “of the flesh”, we are full of ourselves – what we want, what makes us look good, what makes us happy. Living on the spiritual level we are filled with the Spirit that inspired Jesus with love to God and to other people. So we are challenged to ask ourselves, “On what level am I living?” The answer, I’m afraid, is, “A bit of both.”  Well, if that’s true, and I’m sure it is, let’s acknowledge it, but let’s not be content with staying there.  Linked to Christ by faith we have been given the top floor apartment. That’s where we belong. We have been empowered to live faithfully, trustingly and responsively to God who is present and active as the Holy Spirit in us and in the world around us. Let’s do it. Let’s live with the aerial view, the bigger picture, the outlook that comes from the Spirit of Christ. When we find ourselves back down on the natural or pedestrian level dividing people into goodies and baddies, picking fights, pushing our weight around, insisting on our own way right or wrong, holding grudges or nursing our anger let’s wake up to ourselves and get in the elevator that is waiting to lift us up to where we belong. That’s not the way God wants us to live. That’s not the way God wants the church to be.

 

  • How do you react to the idea of life being at two levels – natural and spiritual?
  • Spirituality and living a spiritual life is today often divorced from living in a faithful relationship with Christ. What’s the difference?
  • Which word would you like to best describe you: Christian, spiritual, Christ-like, holy, or ……………….. ?
  • Jesus taught top-floor living. What did he say about anger? (Matthew 5:21-37)