1 Corinthians 16 (NIV)
The Collection for the Lord’s People
16 Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 3 Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.
5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me. 10 When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11 No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers. 12 Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity. 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus arrived because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20 All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
How has this book helped and challenged you?
This book is a reminder that as Christians we are called to take care of each other as coworkers for Christ. It seems as though in Paul’s day people were suspicious of those outside of their own communities, not unlike today. Our human nature has not changed in all these years! The message stays the same also God’s faithfulness remains through all the generations. The challenge is for me to overcome my preconceived notions of others, even Christian brothers and sisters.
Dear Lord, help me to be loving to everyone especially those who labor to serve you. May I be generous with my gifts, my finances, and my time to those you send my way, let Your love be evident in all I do. I pray that your workers would find refreshment and encouragement from my church and me when they ask. Lord, you have asked that your message of salvation go out to all the nations, I may not be able to do that but you have empowered others to do so, bless their missions that they would be well received wherever they go in your name! Glory to you oh Lord as we wait for your return Amen
Today’s prayer was submitted by Jo Schneider