1 Corinthians 1:25-31

“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:25-31

 

Several years ago there was a television ad campaign that featured all sorts of children, each saying that they aspired to very humble careers and occupations.  It didn’t run long nor will it ever enter the halls of TV commercial fame.  There are reasons for that.

 

Yes, it did tap in to the cultural messages we receive our entire lifetimes.  “I dream of a position in mid-level management” is funny or at least witty when we are taught all the way through to want to be the boss, the CEO, to own our own thriving company.  The trouble is, the world’s largest companies only have room for one CEO at a time while the real good they do in the world depends on each of their thousands of employees all doing their part with excellence.

 

A cute commercial might sound clever in the ears of those who have “made it” but was insulting to the mass of people who help the “made it” person be successful.  Especially today, a time when 10% of those with skills who are actively seeking employment can’t find a position.  Then it is worse than insulting.

 

I think this is Paul’s point to the Corinthians.

 

As a cosmopolitan gathering of people in a large urban setting, the early Christians in Corinth carried their social standing into the room with them.  They couldn’t help that any more than we can.  It is what they DID with that standing that mattered.

 

When they saw one another as human beings, children of God, all dependent on the grace of God for life, their social trappings fell away.  It didn’t matter where they sat at the table.  It didn’t matter that some had more and some had less because those “with” freely shared with those “without.”  They were God’s family together.

 

But when their focus changed from their Christian identity to their wealth, poverty, social standing or status, their boasting, conscious or not, disrupted their community.  It divided them from one another.  It blinded them.

 

Paul’s prescription then is that they keep their eyes upon Jesus.  That they see one another through the lens of God’s love.  That they see the person behind the signs of social status.  Certainly such a view would seem foolish from a worldly point of view.  It would also be the only way of viewing the world that holds any hope at all for humanity.

 

Let us pray:  Gracious Lord, give us eyes to see the world, ourselves and each other as you do.  Give us hearts that love, ears that listen and hands that help.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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One Response to “1 Corinthians 1:25-31”

  1. Arnie Walter Says:

    This is an answer to a prayer of mine.
    Praise God you’re back Pastor Kerry!!
    I have long MISSED these devotions of yours.
    My prayer for you is that you can keep doing these as long as God wills that you can.
    I think it was the Holy Spirit guiding me to check my “Spam” folder and there your devotion was, I usually just click the “delete spam” button..
    I clicked the “Not spam” button so now I’ll be getting these devotions.
    Halleluiah!! 🙂
    I don’t know if one can get off of Google’s spam list if one ever gets on it but it may be worthwhile to check with them to see if you can get around that for at least a little bit.
    Happy Days!!!!
    GLAD to see you back.
    God bless you well Pastor Kerry Nelson!!! 🙂

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