Life in God’s power and wisdom beyond human “wisdom”

Posted Jan 9, 2021

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Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:20-31

26 Look at your situation when you were called, brothers and sisters! By ordinary human standards not many were wise, not many were powerful, not many were from the upper class. 27 But God chose what the world considers foolish to shame the wise. God chose what the world considers weak to shame the strong. 28 And God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life—what is considered to be nothing—to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing. 29 So no human being can brag in God’s presence. 30 It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus. He became wisdom from God for us. This means that he made us righteous and holy, and he delivered us. 31 This is consistent with what was written: The one who brags should brag in the Lord! [Jeremiah 9:24]

Reflection Questions

A friend of Donald Miller said to him, “There is this part of me that wants to believe…. I feel as though I need to believe…. But it is all so completely stupid.”* It can feel “stupid,” because human wisdom wouldn’t invent a God like the God of the Bible. God in Jesus many times reversed the values of our broken world. God has revealed himself to us, broken into our ordinary lives in challenging, at times disruptive ways. Like the people of Corinth as Paul preached the unexpected truth of Christ crucified in their city, we have to choose to open our hearts to God’s offer of “righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

  • In what ways has the “foolishness of God” changed your world and you for the better? The Church of the Resurrection says you don’t have to check your brain at the door, it’s okay to ask tough questions, and faith runs deeper than a few pious sayings. What are some of the toughest faith questions you’ve had to face? In what ways have you seen the “foolishness” that Paul (and Christ followers through the centuries) preached bring about good results in people you care about and in your own life?

Prayer

Awesome Lord God, surround me with your love and light as I sing you my praises and ask my questions. Show me truths, even some that run deeper than just explanations. Amen.


* Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003, p. 53.

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Shannon Greene

Shannon Greene

Shannon Greene is the Confirmation Director at Resurrection Leawood. She loves to read, drink coffee, write for her blog, and cheer on her favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

I’m fortunate that so far in my 32 years of living, I’ve not experienced a crisis of faith or doubted the existence of God. Like the air I breathe, Christ has always been an assumed part of my life, and following him was simply a given. My faith has grown, changed, and taken different shapes along the way, but God has always been there with me: a constant Presence.

However, I have questioned my call to ministry…many times. I think most pastors probably have questioned their call at some point. (And the ones that say they haven’t questioned their call are either not telling the truth or have never led a youth group all-nighter.) When I face rejection in ministry, or if I am harshly criticized for the decisions I make, or when I see the Church not living up to standards Jesus has set, I’ll wonder, “Am I really cut out for this pastoring thing? Is this really what I want to spend the rest of my life doing?”

Pastors certainly don’t go into ministry for the money. And we don’t do it for the applause, the prestige, or the accolades. By all human accounts, it doesn’t make any sense. Why would anyone want this job...especially middle school youth ministry! I could hold any number of jobs where I would make more money, work fewer hours, need less schooling, and eat less cold pizza. Sometimes I truly long for a job where I just “clock out” and leave my work at the office at the end of the day.

But then there’s that pesky call, the one that has followed my life since I was twelve years old. Over the years, God has consistently met my doubts and tough questions with faithfulness and constancy.

When I was weak and under equipped...God empowered me.

When what I’m doing seems stupid and foolish...Christ’s wisdom moved in.

When I felt unworthy...God declared me righteous and holy.

Even when I want to give it all up and go be a librarian or bank teller...God keeps calling me back.

When God calls us, God will not abandon us or leave us. And if what you’re called to feels foolish or silly or senseless, then you are probably on the right track!

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