Even As I Have Been Fully Known: February 16 (1 Corinthians 1:20-31)

1 Corinthians 1:20-31

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach[a] to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

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.”

To turn upon one’s head by Jonathan L. Wells

When the world looks at our neighborhood, what does it see?

Does it see the elite? The academic? The strong? Does it see models by which to live by?

Or does it see a broken place that needs to be changed (read “destroyed, or gentrified, or silenced”)? A place of poverty to be given riches, a place of weakness and foolishness to be given strength and insight? But the way of the world is not to go deep…only to put band-aids on bullet wounds and place concealer and foundation upon the gaping scars of existence.

Christ does things differently.

Jesus calls out, “Where is the wise?” We say, “It ain’t here and it ain’t me.” He says, “Great! Now I can use you.” And thus begins a process of breaking down the inmost parts of us and making us new again. That is, if we’re willing. (For what man goes to the doctor when he feels that he is well? Mark 2:17) During this process, he doesn’t always remove us from the places we are in. Yet because He is breaking us open and giving us true wisdom (through His word, and more acutely the Gospel) and true strength (through His Spirit and people), He desires us to use those gifts to do His work in our neighborhoods…to His glory and our joy.

When the world looks at our neighborhood, what does it see?

What if it saw all the lies of the world turned upon their heads?

What if it saw a community of different types of people, coming together for One single Passion?

What if it saw Light?