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Monday, December 10, 2012


Today I'm reading 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God." 

We know that Jesus taught a great reversal in his Kingdom. The poor are blessed. The first shall be last. He chose mostly uneducated, powerless people to be his disciples. The greatest is the servant of all. It was through dying that he brought victory.

And that reversal continued in his church. Paul says God chooses the nobodies. Of course that doesn't mean that powerful people are automatically excluded. What it means is that only those who recognize their spiritual poverty can recognize their need for his grace. Only those who come humbly will bow their hearts to him. Only those who know they can't make it on their own realize they need a Savior. 

That's one reason to remember this version of the "Jesus Prayer"...a prayer from the early church that helps to focus our minds and hearts on him.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant me your peace.

We start by recognizing that we are sinful and in need of saving. Only then can we begin to experience the peace of Christ. 

Use the Jesus Prayer throughout your day today. Repeat it silently to yourself. In the midst of your busyness, bring Christ into your mind and remember his calling over your life.


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