If each life were made into a book, biographies would possess a section where readers scratch their heads. The audience may think, “I can’t believe they are making the same mistake over and over again.” Backsliding, downward spirals and periods of neglect cause the average person to repeat the sins of their past.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.
During a visit to the city of Corinth, the apostle Paul witnessed a cycle church members were stuck in. Wondering if these people knew the history of Israel, he begins to share life lessons from past failures. Since Corinth was a port city, an influx of outsiders were leaving a negative impact on the culture, causing many to relive past mistakes of previous civilizations. The point of Paul’s message was to learn from history or relive the past.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come, 1 Corinthians 10:11.
No matter how hard I try to follow my New Year’s resolutions, its not long before I fall back into bad habits. When I go a day or days without reading and studying the Bible, I’m one step closer away from embracing sins of the past or welcoming temptations of the present. The disciple whom Jesus loved was right, “you can’t remain within Christ if you become unattached.” In view of this, may those hungry for change turn back to the ultimate power source, Jesus Christ to get plugged in so that you learn from the history by avoiding past mistakes.
by Jay Mankus