for consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  and because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  so that, as it is written, “let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” [1 corinthians 1:26-31]
let’s allow the word to speak for itself today by doing the following:
- remember, that because of God’s love through Christ’s work, you are “in Christ Jesus.” he is with you now – the presence of God is with you now!
- before you read the passage (maybe again), speak your need to the Lord. where are you weak? where do you need to lean into the Lord so his power is displayed through your weakness?
- read the passage – let God’s voice speak. see his greatness, his beauty. see your need, your new identity, your hope.
- finally, end by boasting in the Lord. worship him! declare to him why he is great and how he is great!
~ john ryan