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Day Five: Living Risk

Friday, November 5th, 2010

1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 12:31b-13:13

1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body [to hardship] that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Reflect:

The Ultimate Risk that God took was to save us through Christ. The ultimate risk we take is to live that reality, to live Christ and Christ crucified so others may know the power of God.  The decision to depend on God and His ways will shape the rest of our lives and also affect the lives of others.  Apostle Paul was convinced that this was the only way to live and to love.  In his efforts to show others the love of Christ, he rejected self-reliance and knew that true transformation only comes by the Spirit’s power.  The gospel was Paul’s singular focus and passion when he was with those he loved, like the Corinthians.  The results may not always work out the way we hope, but when expressed in love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13, this reality never fails to speak the power of God’s risk in Christ for others.

Respond:

It may seem pretty risky, but in the end, there is truly no other way to live and love than in the reality of the Gospel alone.  Today, let’s resolve as Paul did to know nothing in our interactions with others except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  Ask God to show us what this means practically in our everyday lives at school, work, and in our homes.  Then, let’s end by praying for these places that God has placed us in – that people’s lives would be touched to know God’s love and that their faith will not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

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