It is so cool how meditating on a passage of Scripture for a long time really does bring new life and understanding. I used to think “a long time” was like…um…five minutes? I have always been a “quantity” reader of the Word (so sad), but that comes from my student mentality probably. Check things off the list, get a star on your chart, etc. That was me.
But not too awful long ago, as the Lord has changed me from the inside out, one of the new things that has happened is I am reading the same thing over and over and just honestly telling God that I have no clue what He meant by what He said. And not moving on, just hanging in there for a while, knowing I won’t get it unless He helps me. And like a month later, I’ll be folding clothes or driving down the road and the Lord will direct my mind to an understanding, an unfolding, of something in that passage I had never noticed or “gotten” before. How neat. Thanks God.
Well, for about 3 weeks I have been reading 1 Corinthians Chapter 3, and honestly it was just because I was supposed to offer a tiny little insight on it at church (Open House). So…the main points of it are that the foundation of our faith is Jesus, the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God, and leaders of the church are all equal so don’t worry too much about who you follow, they are just all building on the foundation of Christ. What is crying out to me about this passage is: humility! I have tried so many times to impress God and be a model “student” for Him, you know? I remember one time not long ago, I said (in my true desire for holiness, but still thinking I could somewhat attain to it on my own), “God, I want to be transformed to be like Jesus!!” And He spoke so clearly. He said, “No, you don’t. You want to be independent of Me.”
That was so eye-opening. He knew in my heart of hearts I wanted to be perfect and holy so that I wouldn’t need to be dependent on Him. I wanted that power and ability, and He is looking for humility instead–people who know they have no good in them without absolute dependency on His grace and relationship. The foundation of our faith is Jesus, grace, the blood, the cross; we can’t escape it. It is foolishness in the world’s eyes, it takes humility to believe it, but that doesn’t make it any less true. As I was thinking about this passage, the Lord also brought to mind how vital it is for leaders in the church to remember this foundation…are we used to thinking we have to look strong? Have we forgotten the weakness that God uses to shame the strong? Why are we often drawn to thinking success in church/ministry should look like success in the world/business?
There is a lot more that I am learning from this passage, but I need to go to bed…I don’t even know if any of this made sense, as Jack had the TV on and is coughing really loud and driving me CRAZY! LOL:) But, I just wanted to write. Good night, friends! Have a wonderful weekend!