Today’s Verse, 1 Corinthians 4:13
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
When we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world– right up to this moment.
1 Corinthians 4:13
Reflections on Today’s Verse
God seeks out the broken, the people who have been chewed up and spit out by a cruel and sinful world. It is these, the refuse of the world, who grace was meant for. It is these, who have seen their lives crucified, who are ready for resurrection.
We must become like they are, both in our hearts and in our lives. We must learn to see the depth of sin in our lives and so shed any pretension of pride, being the chief of sinners, the lowest of scum. We must live in such a way that we sacrifice our rights and possessions out of love for our neighbors.
Father, what a thought it is to know that the world treats your followers as trash, and how much more your very own Son! Lord, remind me today that the world is not my friend. To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God. Yet, Lord, I know there are countless millions that don’t have any idea who you are. Remind me that I am, indeed, like Paul, the chief of all sinners, but one who is also forgiven by Christ’s death. Be glorified in this way in my life today, Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.