Tuesday: 11th September, 2018
Reference text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
When players make decisions to join another football club in any transfer window, some seek for specific assurances that they will be given game time. This is important because however good one may be, when your manager decides not to give you any game time, there isn’t really much you can do but complain. Thus, one’s skills gets rusty and potential is clearly impacted.
Very similar to the content of the text from the readings of yesterday (1 Cor 5) in which Saint Paul admonished the yeast to make any dough rise regardless of its size, he goes on today still touching on the subject of potential and capabilities, albeit from another dimension. He makes mention of the things the believer is able to do, but is not given the chance to. Saint Paul thus appears to lay particular emphasis today on those who find one way or another to stifle progress and potential.
He uses the image of a law suit going beyond the community of believers to be settled by non believers. Here, one can question the intentions behind this decision: is it that ‘believers with issues’ do not trust the potential of other believers or is there a specific intent to prevent the expansion and development of the skill sets of other members in the body of Christ? This sounds like calling others out, but what we are called to pay attention to is the fact that we can also find ourselves doing just that.
Sometimes, in very subtle and indirect ways, we tell others ‘you shouldn’t be able to do’ or ‘I cannot trust you with this.’ Sweetheart, there is nothing that can be more stifling than the realisation that one’s potential is not appreciated or acknowledged. That is something the body of Christ, of which you and I are a part of, need to look at seriously. How much room are we offering for expansion of the potential of others?
Remember # we are called to cause expansion, not to stiffle potential.