Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 1:10-12 (NLT)
10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
11 For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters.
12 Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.”
One of the greatest detriments of the Gospel is disunity in the church. There are many things that cause disunity, but the greatest is when we put other things or people ahead of Christ. This was the case in Corinth, where there was a “party spirit” caused by people following spiritual leaders in stead of following Jesus. Paul deals with this problem as he “Solemnly, but gently, he urges them to make a change from dissension to unity—not organizational unity, but spiritual unity, a unity where they would be (by a process of gentle restoration) perfectly united in mind and thought” (Horton, I & II Corinthians). It is difficult to convince people to follow Jesus when they see those who do constantly fighting each other and finding fault everywhere they look. Most people say, “why should I follow Jesus and come to church I already have enough stress in my life.” Sometimes this happens because we follow spiritual leaders rather than following Christ. It makes it very difficult for a new spiritual leader to follow a popular Pastor and then be bombarded with statements like, “well Pastor so-in-so did it this way.” Who exactly are we following? If we are following people we are going to be disappointed every time. Not to mention the problems this type of attitude puts on the spiritual leader who has to try and live up to that high an expectation. As Donald Stamps put it, “”We must always be careful to center our love, devotion, and loyalty upon God and His Word, not on any minister or person” (Life In the Spirit Study Bible, 1768). Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.