1 Corinthians Chapter 4

1 Corinthians Chapter 4

“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (v1)

“What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?” (v21)

A distinction is made at the very beginning of this chapter between being servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God.

Origen has this to say regarding the difference: “There is a big difference between being a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God. Anyone who has read the Bible can be a servant of Christ, but to be a steward of the mysteries one must plumb [dive in and explore fully] their depths”

Which of these two am I, if any? Do I even have the desire to become a faithful steward?

Then, at the end of the chapter, St. John Chrysostom comments on the question Paul asks the Corinthians: “Paul leaves it up to the Corinthians to decide how he should come to them. We too have a choice. Either we can fall into hell, or we can obtain the kingdom. But if you say that you are willing to do the right thing but not able, you are mistaken. All that means is that you are not willing strongly enough.”

Are we deceiving ourselves by claiming to be too weak to keep the commandments, not able to struggle against sin to the point of bloodshed, and incapable of pursuing holiness?

Heavenly Father,

Grant that I may become a steward of Your mysteries and that I might behold Your beauty as I dive more deeply into Your word. Grant that I may be found faithful even to the point of being called a fool for Your sake. Help me to choose life, to choose You. Grow my desire and love for You Lord!