Thursday – Letters
Reading – 1 Corinthians 1-2
“God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:28-29 NLT
I am reminded of Balaam’s Donkey.
Specifically, I’m reminded of Don Francisco’s retelling of the story in the Song Balaam. He ends the tale with “If the Lord starts using you, don’t you pay in any mind. He coulda used the dog next door if he’d been so inclined.” (Don Francisco, Balaam, from the album Beautiful to Me, 1998)
This first chapter points out how gifted and blessed the Corinthians are.
You’ll see Paul point out some major flaws that need correcting through the following chapters.
I believe that God gives gifts and can work through you and me no matter where in our spiritual growth path we are.
I’ve seen God work mightily through deeply flawed people.
I don’t think he wants people to hang on to those flaws but I believe he wants to work through them even as they struggle through their flaws.
Has God used you when you were in the midst of trying to overcome personal flaws?
Do you think those flaws affect your ability to minister to people?