(Mangapul Sagala. D.Th student)
Dear brothers and sisters,
First of all, I would like to begin this reflection with this good statement:
“It is good to follow the leader, if the leader follows the Master”.
Paul was one of the great leader of the early Church. Was he worthy to be followed? Indeed, many things we can learn from Paul’s letter which we just read.
But now, let us pick up one thing for our reflection. In v.16, Paul says, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me”. In other words, Paul says, “Follow my example”. Can you imagine how bold was Paul in saying this to the Corinthians? This command will be more interesting when we study it in its context. Paul was saying this in the context of many teachers who infiltrated in Corinth. We read in v.15: “Even though you have ten thousand guardians…” And yet, in the midst of so many teachers, he asks the believers to imitate him. Besides this condition, Paul also was being misunderstood by the Church in Corinth. Perhaps it was influenced by the false teachers who had infiltrated and competed against Paul, or because their misunderstanding of his letter. It is in this context Paul challenges the Church in Corinth to imitate him, to follow his example.