Friday, June 11, 2021

Vocatio Vestra | Your Calling

"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called..." — 1 Cor 1:26 (NIV) 

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Dear Brother and sisters, please think what we were when we were called. In the first letter to Corinthians, Paul reminded them to consider their call (v.26). What did Paul mean by the word “calling”? The Church in Corinth was called to be his holy people (v.2) and into the fellowship with Christ (v.9). 

It was proven in the church of Corinth that most Christians in early church were marginal people. Many documents of the 1st century wrote that Christianity was able to convince only the foolish, the dishonourable and the stupid ones of slaves, women, and children only. But Paul wrote that these foolish and weak things of the world shame the wise and the strong, because of God (v.27-28).

Dear Brothers and Sisters, please think what we were when we were called. Some of us were on the peak of our lives - when God called us, but most of us were not. Mostly we were in a deep trouble or suffering when we responded the call and experienced God. If we let Christ into us, God will start to process us to fulfil his purpose on us. He will break our pride in the first place. Since pride is the root of all evil (Gen 3:5). Meanwhile, God is holy and we are called to be holy. Deny ourselves and follow Christ. Finally, we will do many foolish things in the eyes of the world wisdom.

God lets troubles happen, breaks our pride and helps us through it, so that no one may boast before him (v.29). My pride is my logical thinking and me, myself. I put it before God. So God put me in the situations where things happened beyond logic (1 Corinthians 2:9). What can I boast off if I know I am nothing? It is all because of God. “He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” – I Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)

Dear brothers and sisters, what is our pride that we put before God? Is it our children, our spouse, our job, our status, our belongings, or ourselves? Or God is our pride - He who so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Let us boast in the Lord (v.31). Amen

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 1: 26 -31 by Veralin Uneputty 

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