The next home fellowship meeting covers 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God….Where is the wise man? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe….but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.'”
While reading this passage, I began to realize how applicable this is to my life.
I go to a secular school…full of liberal, anti-Christian, anti-God teachers and students. Most of these people think they have everything figured out. Despite the recent push for tolerance, these people only tolerate the beliefs and religions that don’t threaten their foolishness. Of all religions, Christianity is the only one that says man cannot earn his way to salvation!
I could continue on my own soapbox about this, having experienced the world’s hostility towards Christianity firsthand, but I think it would be better to let God’s word speak for itself. The passage above fits my circumstance so perfectly. What a refreshing encouragement to hear the words of the apostle Paul…even more amazing is the fact that the words he penned still apply today!
Praise God that He chooses to shame the “wise” and call the foolish! What a reminder of God’s grace and mercy…
This reminder points me to the prayer of the tax collector in Luke 18:13. The more I study, the more I understand this is actually the prayer I should be praying, “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'”