There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
– 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLT)
Different gifts, different service, same God.
So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You say so correctly, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
– John 13:12-15 (WEB)
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
– 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)
This week’s focus: Service
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 focuses on freedom in Christ. Paul notes that many things are not sins. The question of eating meat from animals that had been sacrificed to idols was an issue in those days. Paul said, essentially, it’s just meat. But, he noted that some people had a hard time with it. Therefore, he indicated that even those Christians who knew it was just meat should abstain from eating it for the sake of others.
He concludes the chapter by saying we should do everything for the glory of God, and do nothing to cause others to stumble.
But Jesus summoned them, and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Matthew 20:25-28 (WEB)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
– Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)