In my lectionary, this morning's NT lesson was 1 Cor 16:1-14.(given below) In verses13-14, Paul encouraged the... In my lectionary, this morning's NT lesson was 1 Cor 16:1-14.(given below) In verses13-14, Paul encouraged the Church as follows:
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.
As I reflected on these verses, it occurred to me that many of those "centurions" that we list on our Calendar and History pages, and who we remember in the Order of Centurions, are remembered best for these very attributes.
I Corinthians 16:1-14
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.