The Corinthian Creed – Crosswalk the Devotional

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The Corinthian Creed
by Shawn McEvoy

Be on your guard, stand firm in your belief, be brave men, be strong; Do everything in love. – 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14

Today's verse is on a board on my son's wall. But years ago, long before my son had a clue, I came across this verse when I was sending my own father one of the many letters I had written over the years about the importance of salvation and the value of life communicated in Christ. My sister, mother, and I met the Lord in 1980, but it was another 17 years, seven months, and 26 days before Dan McEvoy surrendered.

And it wasn't this letter or the above verse that urged him to do so. No, this letter I wrote to tell him how blessed I was to meet a woman (who eventually became my wife) for whom faith was paramount and I gave all the honor and recognition to God and all that good stuff. and probably to tell him how much God enjoys blessing those who trust in him.

With the letter I have included a quick and dirty page of graphics that includes the above verse from Corinthians in a fancy script, with a clip art image of a sailboat that serves as a visual aid to my letter and presumably indicates how was it for the man of God to live in this world under the captain of Christ?

OK then. After his death in 2001, I found this letter and artwork on my father's desk and looked like it had been read and looked at many times. Something inside me knew then that if I ever had a son, I would commit myself to raising him on the same five principles:

  • Be careful. Be ready, be vigilant. Expect God to be involved and expect Satan to attack. Still let the wonder of creation catch your attention.
  • Stand firm in your faith. Do not be moved because you know exactly what you believe in. Get Biblical Education.
  • Be a brave man. Fear does not come from God (2 Timothy 1: 7), so go your way boldly. The worst that can happen – even death – still ends in victory and glory for the Christian.
  • Be strong. Physically, yes, let's take care of ourselves and portray our bodies as sacred. But remember that the Lord is the strength of the strong (Ephesians 6:10) and that “if I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
  • Do everything in love. Here's your motivation, because if you don't love, you don't know God (1 John 4: 8), and the world will know you through your love (John 13:35).

When Jordan was born and we were dedicating in our church, we chose this verse to read. When he was about two and a half years old, he began to recite it by heart using arm / hand movements. We call it our "Man Creed".

But here's the secret: These few verses from the conclusion of Paul's first letter to Corinth are not primarily for Jordan … they are for me.

Ironically, when I first noticed this, I was "caught off guard". I had been more than happy to tell my own father how to be "a man" and was perfectly ready to raise my son as one according to the Word. How, I ask myself, was I going to do that without living the creed and making it my own?

The critical and explanatory commentary on the whole Bible comments on the passage of 1 Corinthians as follows: "(Paul) shows that you should keep your hopes for salvation in order not to depend on Apollos or another teacher; that it is up to yourself . " Yes, and how I am ready to live or better, whether I am ready to let my life be of greater value than my words.

I don't know about the other people out there, but it definitely helps me to have something to live by, recite, write on my heart, ponder the meaning, and connect with other scriptures when I try to find a To be a man according to God's heart. And it doesn't hurt that this creed that I'm trying to follow now affects the third generation in my family.

Overlapping Faith and Life: Allow me to teach your child, no matter how young, to recite Bible verses that reflect who they are and can be in Christ and bring them to life in their lives. But while you do it, "be on your guard". One of them can only become your own creed.

further reading

Ephesians 6:10
Creed: More Than Words
Why Memorize the Scriptures?

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