3.4.17 – 1 Cor 4:1

The story of Rocky Balboa is one that many of us can relate to. A simple man overcoming the odds to reach great heights. In the third installment, Rocky now an established world champion, is seen living the good life and in all honesty, leaving behind the hard work and humility that was at the soul of his accomplishment. In doing so he faces a hungry adversary that was determined to take away the championship Rocky had become complacent with. He was warned by his long time trainer Mickey that if he didn’t get back to the basics it wasn’t going to end well.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church he is issuing a warning that they were straying from the roots of the church that he established. The church had indeed grown and in doing so they had become boastful of who they were. This led to division and judgement among the ranks. Paul speaks to his ministry and how it really hadn’t changed that much. He was a man of worldly poverty but rich in his quest to reach others for Christ. He remained keenly focused on others with little regard to his personal standing.
Back to Rocky, as he was preparing for this fight he left behind the things that made him a champion. He traded the modest gym for a Las Vegas Casino. The hard work was replaced with casual exhibition to further his brand. As Mickey warned, Rocky wasn’t prepared for the fight and his determined foe made quick work of taking the title away from him.
There are many “successful” ministries/churches that began in modesty who today tout extravagant facilities. This acts to draw people in but rarely does anything to further discipleship, which has been and will always be, job one. This also applies to the individual. We must be mindful that we don’t view ourselves as “better Christians”, more qualified than others. Our focus should always be looking to first serve and then lead others to Christ through his love.
1 Corinthians 4:1 – This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
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