I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you. (1 Cor. 1:10)
Wouldn’t it be nice if our church were a New Testament church, started by an apostle? It must have been easier for the Christians back then, right? Wrong! On top of persecution from the outside, New Testament churches also endured internal power struggles. The church at Corinth was divided over status just like the disciples were in Jesus’ time. People tend to base worth on status, but Christians should know better.
The apostles’ argument on the road to Capernaum must have been quite loud that day because Jesus asked them about it later, and they all went stone silent. When Paul confronted the Corinthian Christians about their divisions, they likewise had little to say. Status seeking is not what the kingdom of God is all about. Jesus said, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
A. T. Robertson notes that the Greek for “divisions” is schismata, which comes from a word that means “to split or rend.” Paul urged the Corinthian believers to end their divisions and become perfect together. Robinson says that the image of the verb here is mending torn nets (Word Pictures in the New Testament).
Divisions between disciples create holes. Let’s try to mend them.
Lord, make me always an instrument of your peace in my church.