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Living Life

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  • January 2018
2018. 1. 6 | Grace over Giftedness (1 Corinthians 1:26~31)         Speakers Daniel Park

26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are,
29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God -- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

 

 

Reflection

Consider What You Were (1:26–27)

Paul tells the Corinthians to think of what they were when they were called; not many were wise or influential or of noble birth. He is making the point that no believer is called to Christ on the basis of merit. Social status, intelligence, and ability are not taken into consideration when we are saved by the blood of Christ. Looking back at who we were before we entered into a relationship with Christ, however, can be a helpful exercise. It reminds us that we did nothing to deserve His love and that our salvation is based completely on His grace. This gives us the opportunity to rejoice in how far God has brought us. God accepted us as we were, and His continued work in our lives speaks to His great love for us.

 

Spend some time reflecting on what your life was like before you made the decision to follow Christ. In what significant ways has He transformed you since then?

 

What God Chooses (1:28–31)

If you were able to choose your co-workers, you would probably choose people with helpful talents and abilities such as creativity, good communication skills, and technical know-how. Paul, however, tells us that God intentionally chooses people who are lowly and despised to demonstrate His miraculous power through them. God chooses the weak, the insignificant, and the imperfect because they will not boast in their own abilities. Rather, they know that the great work accomplished through them is because of God’s love and grace. We may feel weak and lowly at times, but we can gain confidence from the truth that we are chosen by God to accomplish His purposes. As we see Him working through us, we will have an amazing opportunity to boast in the Lord.

 

How do you feel toward the lowly, weak, and despised? How does this passage change your view of what it means to be a Christian?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, thank you for choosing me, not on the basis of my own merit, but on the basis of Your love and wisdom. May I be reassured that You called me and are still working in me to conform me to the image of Your Son. In His name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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