Scripture: I Corinthians 2:1-13
Key verse: (2) “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
Reflection: The Corinthian church challenged Paul as he taught them what it meant to follow Jesus. They were influenced by the culture they lived in and as a consequence his letters to them were often corrective in nature. The opening verses of chapter two are defensive as he explains how he is trying to embody faith. He did not rely on human wisdom but on the power of God. Many commentators suspect that Paul did not live up to the Corinthians cultural expectations of what a great teacher looked like. Over the centuries people have wondered if he had a speech or physical impediment. Paul, through his choice of words, tried to demonstrate that it’s not about how strong we are, but how strong God is. However, then and now people prefer to be the strong one in relationships – even in our relationship with God. How easy it is to forget that we have been given the Spirit of God; not the Spirit of the world. Yet, we struggle against the spirit of the world every day. We are profoundly influenced by the messages we hear in social media, news feeds, offices, schools and neighborhoods. It is easy to forget what the Spirit of God has freely given us because we want to live life our way. Paul called the church at Corinth, and he calls us, to resist the wisdom of this age and fully embrace the wisdom of God. During the season of Lent this will require both repentance and forgiveness. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live out our faith by relying on the power of God. This means that no matter who you are, what gifts you possess, or how much you have or don’t have, God wants to use you to proclaim the saving love, acceptance, forgiveness, and justice of Jesus in the world.
What might happen if you started living this out today?
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to love you more and stop relying exclusively on our own strength. Transform us by the power of the Holy Spirit to do your will and work in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].