Sunday, September 16
Topic: CHRIST DESERVES ALL THE GLORY
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 1: 26-31
26. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28. and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29. that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
31. that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .”
I Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV
The Corinthian brethren seemed to have lost sight of the fact that they had a past before Christ met and rescued them. Therefore, in this text, the Apostle Paul thought it expedient to remind them of where they were coming from (vv26-28).
Being mindful of the fact that divine election has never been predicated on human wisdom, ability, or social background, should be a constant reminder to every Christian that, as far as our earthly walk with the Lord and service to Him are concerned, there is no room or excuse for vanity or pride (cf. Rom. 9:16, Eccl. 9:11). Such knowledge should also help when one begins to feel inadequate in the face of any kingdom responsibility. So irrespective of our status, we must be careful to acknowledge Him for every accomplishment, and to yield wholeheartedly to His sovereign will even when things don’t turn out the way we would have loved them to.
Note also that true knowledge of our current identity in Christ “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” is the key to unravelling the mysteries which becloud our lives. Always remember that our competence is of God through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs all the glory.
PRAYER: Help me, O Lord, to always remember to ascribe your glory to you. Amen.