Thursday – August 24, 2023

Isaiah 17-19; Psalm 62; 1 Corinthians 1

by Becky Hill Martin
1 COR 1:28 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.
Christians are designed to be odd. We’re called to model Jesus’ behavior and forget the values of the world. We’re different because we live according to God’s values.
The world tells us we must be perfect to be loved. Jesus tells us to love each other like He loved us.
The world tells us to put ourselves first. Jesus shows us that selflessness and compassion are keys to our own happiness and wellbeing.
The world tells us we can buy happiness – materialism make everything right. Jesus shows us that contentment can’t be bought.
The world says success is defined by education, wealth and status. Jesus tells us that success is defined by how much you serve and give of yourself to others.
The world says that people who don’t conform to its ways are weird and should be cancelled. Now who’s weird?
Christians live by a different code. We don’t fit into the mold of the world. And if being a Christian makes you weird in the eyes of the world, I’m good with that.