Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17 - 1 Corinthians 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Corinthians 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the opening of this chapter, Paul explains that he didn’t speak like a master communicator. Instead, he talked about Jesus in such a way that his audience would put their lives in Jesus’ hands. He made sure to show God's power and left no room for anyone to think that Paul was the one to follow.
  • Paul writes of a "wisdom of this age" (verse 6) and "spirit of this world" (verse 12) and contrasts them to the wisdom and Spirit of God. The idea is that there is a certain way the world thinks and does things, and the way God teaches us to think and live is far different. He goes on to point out that the "world" will think God's wisdom and way of life is foolish, but someone who has aligned themselves with God will understand that it is right.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The things that come from the Holy Spirit are understood only if someone “has" the Holy Spirit. When we choose to put our lives in Jesus’ hands, God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide, remind, teach and convict us. With the Holy Spirit we always have God with us and active in our lives.
  • We will often be presented with two options - the world's way of thinking and living or God's way of thinking and living. Even if goes against what we're used to or what our friends think, we need to choose God's way. It is better, and our lives will be better for it.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where in your life are you currently living by the "wisdom of this age" and the "spirit of this world"? Maybe you do relationships the way "everyone does." Or perhaps you handle your finances the way most of the world deals with money. Perhaps your thoughts about sex are guided by what's considered normal. Choose today to learn God's wisdom and to live by it. That's what it means to have God truly be the God of your life, it will honor Him, and your life will be better. So where do you need to do that today?