January 31

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” vs. 30

Paul reminds the Corinthians that by the world’s standards, most of them were pretty unremarkable, and that’s how it has continued to be for the people of God.

We are, for the most part, pretty ordinary folks, and yet we have an extraordinary calling to be the presence of Christ in the world. We don’t have to be the strongest or fastest, the smartest or the prettiest, to be the hands and feet of God in doing the work of love and restoration. We don’t even have to call on our own resources to make an impact for good. In Christ Jesus, we are the wisdom of God, and in Christ we find our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. What a blessing it is to simply be ourselves as God has created us, and not have anything to prove! We probably don’t have the gifts that others do, we come from different backgrounds with different traditions and values. And we don’t ever have to be more than what we are! As we are, God uses us to touch the lives of other ordinary people, some of them hurting and lonely, all of them hungry for love. Sometimes we wonder what our purpose is in life–and that’s the wrong question! Christ is the one with a mission in this world, and all we need to do is relax and lean into Christ’s love.

Thought for the Day: What does it mean to “boast in the Lord”?

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