January 20

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 sensed that one of the problems in the Corinthian congregation was that some of the people had begun to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think. He reminds them that when they were called to become believers they were all nobodies, and none of them was in any position to boast. God was responsible for everything that they were and for all that they had become, and Christ Jesus, not them, was the focal point of their congregation. Paul pretty much hits the nail on the head here. We still tend to elevate the gifts of the more visible among us, the charismatic preacher or the supremely talented musicians, and believe that the identity of our congregation revolves around these chosen few. And sometimes those folks like being the center of attention! But the truth is that all we have and are is by the grace of God. Christ Jesus is the source of all wisdom, and in him we are made righteous through redemption and sanctification. We’ve been called to be his servants and continue the Jesus mission in our world, and if we’re going to brag about anyone, let it be about the one we serve. It’s not that we’re the scum of the earth, but apart from Christ, we really don’t have much to offer.

Thought for the Day: When am I most likely to boast?

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