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Power and Weakness

Day 4 of 7

1 Corinthians 1:27-29

27Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world — what is viewed as nothing — to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29so that no one may boast in his presence.

Reflection: Our text for today reminds us that the story of the Bible is of a God who uses nobodies. God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chooses the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
So, when God finds a patriarch for his people – he finds a wandering Aramean named Abraham and says – you’ll do just fine. He chooses a Moabite widow named Ruth and says – you can be the great, great, great, great grandmother of the Messiah. Throughout Scripture God is always using the “unlikely” person: the widow, the younger brother, and even those who are outside of Israel.

God does not choose us because we are powerful and he needs our help. God chooses us so that his power might work through us.

Question: Is your heart tempted to think that is your power which makes you useful to God? What if God chose you so that he could show his power by using something weak?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you are majestic and glorious and perfect in power. Without you we can do nothing. All our power and ability come from you as a gift. Remind me that when I feel like I am a nobody in your kingdom, that you love to work through weak and fragile people. I commit myself to do your will today, not because I am impressive, but because you are glorious. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Days

1 Corinthians 1:1-31

Greeting

1Paul, called as an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Sosthenes our brother:

2To the church of God at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord — both their Lord and ours.

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

4I always thank my God for you because of the grace of God given to you in Christ Jesus, 5that you were enriched in him in every way, in all speech and all knowledge. 6In this way, the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you, 7so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions at Corinth

10Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction. 11For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, by members of Chloe’s people, that there is rivalry among you. 12What I am saying is this: One of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say you were baptized in my name. 16I did, in fact, baptize the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t recall if I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. 19For it is written,

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent.

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? 21For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of what is preached. 22For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. 24Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, 25because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Boasting Only in the Lord

26Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. 27Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world — what is viewed as nothing — to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29so that no one may boast in his presence. 30It is from him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us — our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption —  31in order that, as it is written: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.