Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 3-4.

What kind of question is that? “What do you have that you did not receive?” I worked for everything I have…didn’t I? And that is one of the problems with American, pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps Christianity. We think we are where we are because of ourselves. Not so. Do we have wisdom, strength, knowledge, faith, growth, understanding, virtue? Let us not look down on anyone who seems not to have these things because the difference between us and them is not how awesome we have been, but how awesome our God is. No doubt, we are giving every effort to make our calling and election sure, but every victory we have is a gift from God for which we should boast in Him, not in ourselves as if we didn’t receive it. Let us put God first in our thanksgiving every day, because I don’t even have the air I breathe apart from receiving it from God.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 5-6.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, one of the things we learn early is people judge us. Even the ones who yell the loudest about how wrong it is to judge people silently judge people (sometimes not so silently). If you are different in any way from the world, the world judges you. Sometimes they will call you names. Sometimes they will give you the cold shoulder. Sometimes they will try to manipulate you to fall in line with them. Please, always remember what Paul said in today’s reading. It is a small thing to be judged by people. The judgment that matters is God’s. Make sure you are living with His opinion as your guide and your eternity will be guarded by Him. Praise the Lord!

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