We had a sweet time together with our small group going over 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. It is challenging to see that what the Church at Corinth struggled with we too struggle in the Church. The Church of Corinth was dividing because they were associating themselves with leaders within the Church instead of the One True Shepherd, Christ Jesus.
Division can define us if we are motivated by competition. Our small, insignificant goals to be important, to be recognized, to be needed overshadow the great call to love God and love one another. Christ unifies us by the saving power of His death and resurrection as well as what He has saved us for. We strive against instead of strive with, forgetting that we have the same destination, same goal, same Person to live for.
Paul says when people are dividing over foolish things that they are being merely human. We are expected to be more than human, more than citizens of Earth. Our citizenship is in Heaven. There should no competition because we are on the same team, and truly we are family. But if the world sees the church divided then how are we any different than the world? We are then just mere humans.
We don’t run this race against each other but with each other, helping one another to that country to which we have been called. This quote from C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity is a good resolve for every Christian:
“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”
Let us live as Citizens of Heaven. Let everything we do point to Christ and not ourselves. Let us live our lives more than just mere humans.