In previous verses, Paul had made the Corinthians aware of the divisions that were taking place among them. He was reminding them of his role as a spiritual father, asking them to imitate him in order to become like Christ. He will hold them accountable to living with the true power of God rather than in their own arrogance and pride. Paul describes the consequences of their choice between living by their own power or God’s power.

Paul’s warning matters to us because we constantly have to choose to live by God’s power over our own power. When we operate out of our own power we become arrogant and prideful, which leads us to falsely glorify ourselves. Living out of God’s power forces us to give Him all the glory.

This applies to our lives because we should continually check if there are areas where we are living out of our own power rather than surrendering to God’s power.

Author | Jamie Cherf