1 Corinthians 1:1-17

James 3:3-6, “Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,”

Sometimes I ask myself who is called to be an apostle? Who is chosen by GOD, who is going to be GOD’s messenger?

Sometimes I look outside my window or at friends or even on the internet. AND sometimes I ask, is it I Lord?

Paul goes on to say in versus 10-13 “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas ”; still another, “I follow Christ. Is Christ divided?” 

It is hard for me to reconcile… If Christ is in me and Christ is in you, is Christ divided?

And if we are called to be apostles (messengers) of Christ Jesus then who is right… me or you?

Paul says in verse 11 that ”some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you (us).”

 I don’t know Chloe, but he may be a neighbor or know me somehow because, at times there are quarrels at my house and they can even divide my house. And I struggle because I want to follow Christ Jesus the one true GOD.

There’s a song we sing in church with the verse “It’s your breath in our lungs” and I get comfort knowing GOD is with me and in me and surrounds me, but truth be told GOD is in every child, woman, and man on this earth… those in my house, my neighbors, those around the world those I will never meet, but they like me are created in the image of GOD.

It is a mystery to me!

And so I pray

GOD for us, we call you “Father”

GOD alongside us, we call you “Jesus”

GOD within us, we call you “Holy Spirit”

Together you are the Eternal Mystery

That enables us, enfolds, and enlightens all things,

Even us and even me!

Every name falls short of your goodness and greatness.

We can only see who you are in “what is.”

We ask for such perfect seeing –

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.

AMEN!    (Prayer from Richard Rohr)

Jim Dietvorst

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