The scripture for today, October 24, is 1st Corinthians 10:24 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
The context of this verse is that some of the members of the church in Corinth were expressing opinions or doing things that were offensive to some of the other members. God did not condemn these things, but they hurt the consciences of some of the weaker members.
Today, do we do anything during the public worship that is offensive to some people? Do we do them as an example of how “holy” we are? Do we even try to get God on our side and say that any Christian could do those things if they had as much faith as we do? Can we control our ego in this?
What about committee meetings? Do we suggest something that the others just aren’t excited about? Do we allow our egos to eventually seep in and begin to feel slighted or challenged because our idea wasn’t accepted? Do we even try to get God on our side and say he will be glorified if the other committee members accept our plan? Can we control our ego in this?
One way to look at things objectively is to ask ourselves, “Would our congregation survive without me?” What if I were killed in an auto accident and suddenly taken from them tomorrow? Would they continue to worship? Would they continue to do good works? Would they continue to meet as a congregation? Ninety-nine percent of the time our congregation would survive without us.
So, let us try (struggle, if necessary) to lay aside our egos that get hurt or feel challenged, and seek the comfort and welfare and good of our fellow members.