1 Corinthians 1:26-31
God does not look for great learning and intellect when He searches for men and women to proclaim the Gospel. He looks for a humble and submissive heart. sometimes, the greatest of people in terms of knowledge are the most arrogant of people and therefore virtually useless when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel. They always want to do things their way as they are the ones who know what is best. One of the critical things we need to do in our lives is to ensure that we grow in humility and obedience to God?s Word. In this way, we can be fairly sure that He will use us in the service of His Kingdom.
26 Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, 28 and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, 29 so that no human being might boast before God. 30 It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, ?Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.?
P S A L M
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
12 Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down; he sees all mankind. (R) 18 But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, 19 to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield, 21 for in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. (R)
G O S P E L
Sometimes we lose sight of the need to be faithful in the little things of the moral life. We forget that, more often than not, that big sin usually develops from little ones. Thus, if we can be faithful in the small things, we will immediately remove the major source of serious sins in our lives. It is also important to remember that as we demonstrate our faithfulness in small things, we will be entrusted with greater ones. Let us pray that our desire to grow in holiness and service of God increase each day and we never forget to be faithful in any religious practice, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time.
14 ?It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one ? to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately 16 the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. 17 Likewise, the one who received two made another two. 18 But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master?s money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ?Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.? 21 His master said to him, ?Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master?s joy.? 22 [Then] the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ?Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.? 23 His master said to him, ?Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master?s joy.? 24 Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ?Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; 25 so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.? 26 His master said to him in reply, ?You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? 28 Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.??
think: The wise person will always seek to learn from those who have traveled a particular path before him or her.
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