[Paul said] “I am getting the picture that when you meet together it brings out your worst side instead of your best!” 1 Corinthians 11:17 (The Message Bible)
The people of Corinth lost sight of the purpose for celebrating the Lord’s Supper—remembering Jesus by sharing the elements of bread and wine. Instead, baskets of food and bottles of wine were brought into the church, and some of the people made pigs of themselves, leaving others to go home hungry. Some drank too much and stumbled home. No one was willing to stand up and tell them to clean up their act, except for Paul, who said, “I’m not going to stand by and say nothing.” (v 22).
When my children entered junior high, antennae sprouted out of my head to observe a change in their behavior. I remember how poorly I acted in junior high when I ran around with a couple of neighbor girls who were bent on destructive behavior. Unfortunately, I was too weak to tell them to stop shoplifting, smoking, and flirting with older boys. I did some things I wasn’t proud of too.
Fortunately, God knew my heart and led me to new friends who shared my values and restored my integrity, just as Paul did for the Corinthians.
Dear Lord, when I lose sight of your will for me, please set me straight! Amen.