You Never Lose – You Can’t Be Cheated
1 Corinthians 6:1-4,7
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers!
Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves?
Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life.
If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church?
Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?
Today’s key scripture opens our eyes to how we should reason today as believers. It’s not saying that in life, you should let yourself be subject to criminals and fraudsters, but it’s simply showing us were we should put our focus. It is a charge, an encouragement to focus on the things not of this world. Verse 2 and verse 3 tell us that we will judge the world and we will judge angels, so the apostle Paul is telling us that we have a far better and higher calling than to settle flimsy disputes.
The truth is if you focus on the things that are eternal, things of heavenly value, you’ll realize that things of this world will really not last forever, they’ll perish, and you’ll lose them, either on earth, or when you leave the earth; so you should focus on what’s heavenly, on our higher calling that can never perish.
Colossians 3:2 – Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
In a sense, we never lose, because our wealth is not of this world, that’s why in verse 7, the Apostle Paul can ask us to rather be cheated, because we actually aren’t, we are only losing what is of this world, and what we would have lost either ways, but our hope in Christ, our hope of eternal glory, now that’s forever, and no-one or nothing can take that away.
1 John 2:17 – And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Thank you Lord for teaching me were to place my focus, I see you and your finished work glory to God.
Author – Gem