Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Morning Psalm: 45 | Evening Psalms: 47, 48
Genesis 37:12-24 | 1 Corinthians 1:20-31 | Mark 1:14-28
 
When we think about the early Christians who were known for breaking bread together and sharing all things in common, we often lament how far the Church has strayed from its initial founding. We see instead a Church divided by disagreements about sacraments, ordination, and politics. But our epistle reading today shows Paul dealing with Church divisions just two decades after the disciples argued about which of them was the greatest. Our pride is our greatest downfall. Just as Joseph’s pride led his brothers to sell him into slavery where God would humble him until he realized that it was not for his own greatness but for God’s glory that he was chosen, so we too must remember why we were called.
 
In Lent, we spend time reflecting on our sins and our unworthiness. We are reminded of our complete inadequacy and of our Savior’s unimaginable grace. We remember the one who humbled Himself to the point of death so that we might be raised to new life. We would do well do remind ourselves that not many of us are wise according to human standards. Not many of us are powerful or are of noble birth. But we have been chosen to show the world the truth of a gospel that has nothing to do with us and everything to do with our Savior. We have not been chosen because of our qualifications, degrees, or dissertations. We have been chosen because we are weak, sinful, and in desperate need of grace, so that through our weaknesses, the God of glory might be magnified. This season, let us spend time on our knees repenting of the selfish pride that divides us and seeking humble hearts so that we may love one another and glorify the name of Jesus. 
 
Lord Jesus Christ, we repent of our desire for greatness, our desire to have the final word, and our insistence on having our own way. Remind us Lord that we are called not to magnify our churches or denominations but to boast in Your great name and in the cross of the One who has called us to follow His example. May we not be those who demand our rights but those who wash the feet of our brothers and sisters so that we might humbly serve You and truly show the world who Jesus is.
 

 

  

Katie Black
MAR Student
Altoona, Pennsylvania

    

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