Day 20, “No dairy, No sugar fast”: Spring has sprung!
What a beautiful breezy, Sunday! It is the first day of spring and another day of gathering to worship with the body of Christ! Today was a double blessing! After I finished greeting at the welcome desk at our place of worship, we hopped right over to our daughter and son-in-law’s church to hear our grandson’s delightful performance singing with his Sunday School class for worship. What a blessing to have the privilege of watching a “grand” minister to the church body! But the Lord also blessed us to hear a message by their pastor taken from the exact passage I had been examining the day before. I love when that happens!
The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth writes to a Gentile audience, seemingly influenced by the Greeks. First Corinthians 1:20-25 gives us some insight into their thinking. While the Jews were looking for signs, the Greeks were looking for wisdom. To them, the mind was the center of life. They were hung up on man’s wisdom and their clever speech (vv. 17-20). Paul understood the boastful Greek way of thinking so that he contrasted man’s wisdom with God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom is so vast, complete and exhaustive, it displays his power (1 Cor. 2:4-5). Such wisdom will be ours to explore with unimaginable discoveries and blessings (v. 9). But hardened hearts will dismiss God’s wisdom (v. 18).
As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”1 Corinthians 1:19, NLT
Is there someone you know who could use a bit of wisdom? Share the Good News through the power of God.
God has united [us] with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made [Jesus] to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”verses 30-31
The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.Romans 8:6, NIV