DON'T FORGET WHY YOU'RE HERE
- Key Verse
- For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble. (1 Corinthians 1:26)
- READ THE CHAPTER
We all have times in our lives when we lose perspective or focus. You've probably heard the saying, "You can't see the forest for the trees." The same is true in our Christian life and walk. Sometimes, we need someone to come alongside us and help us refocus.
ReflectionsWe all like a little credit from time to time. We all want to feel appreciated and understood. While there is nothing wrong with this -- in fact, affirmation is a very real need in our lives -- it's important to remember who gets the credit for the most important gift in our lives. The same thing was happening with the young church in Corinth. So much so that Paul focuses this portion of his letter on reminding them what matters most, from the subtle reminder that "in everything you were enriched in Him," to the more direct statement that neither he nor any of the other church leaders were crucified for them.
Paul goes on to emphasize the brilliance of God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ's death on the cross, based on the simplicity of it (verse 21). If it were intellectually challenging to understand, the educated could set themselves apart. If it could be earned or purchased, the noble would be the first in line. If it were difficult to achieve, any of us could be proud of our comprehension or discovery. That's not to say this message is easy to accept. Paul is clear in verse 18 that to many, "the word of the cross is foolishness." He refers to these as the "perishing." Of course, he goes on, "but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Wow! The "power of God." I admit it, I shudder a little when I read that.
Paul ends with a challenge to "consider your calling." Let us not focus on the values of this world. Yes, God disperses gifts and blessings to His children, but they are for His glory -- the glory of His kingdom. Let's seek wisdom so that we can lead well. Let's strive to steward well the resources God has given us. Let's be strong to protect those who are in need. "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD" (verse 31).
Discussion Questions1. What is your wisdom that God will destroy?
2. Do you find yourself focusing on following men, even great leaders, instead of Christ who was crucified for you?
3. How can you "boast in the Lord"?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
Romans 13-1 Corinthians 1 (June 11-15)
Read Romans 13:8-10.
• What is a debt?
• What does verse 8 say we should do with our debts?
• Why do you think we have a debt to love others?
• Who paid our debt by dying on the cross?
We can show how thankful we are for what Jesus has done for us by following His command to love our neighbors.
• Who is your neighbor (not just your "neighbors" who live near you)?
• What does it mean to "love your neighbor as yourself?"
Activity: Make a list of the ways that you take care of yourself. Think about everything from eating healthy foods, to wanting to be listened to, to memorizing Scripture to combat the enemy. Be exhaustive. Pick five of your "neighbors" and choose something for each of them from your list of how you love yourself and love them specifically in that way this week.