Sabbath Selah: 1 Corinthians 1:25-31

This week is one of my favorite weeks in the life of our church. We have spent the week celebrating what God is doing around the world through the work of missionaries. Our church calls this week our Global Impact Celebration, and we bring in around 40 missionaries from around the world to celebrate them, serve them, renew them, and load them down with love, prayers, and gifts that will help them in ministry. We start the week on Wednesday with a HUGE pep rally for the missionaries. On Thursday the girls and I attended a luncheon where we heard the missionary wives tell humorous and moving stories about their time on the mission field. On Friday, the whole family attended a service where we heard from all 40+ missionaries about how God is using them in their part of the world. Saturday night we attended a dessert party, where we could hang out and get to know the missionaries assigned to our class. This morning we heard more from our missionaries in Sunday school and learned the ways we can support them long-term in their ministry. Y’all, we serve a BIG God and He is doing AMAZING things around the world among people groups who have never heard of Him. But there is still MUCH to be done.

Our class’s missionary, Donna, shared this scripture with us this morning:

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

We have no hope, except for the hope we have in Christ Jesus. And neither does the rest of the world. Except that many around the world haven’t heard of Him or don’t know anything about Who He is. Since billions are dead in sin, we must tell them about the sacrifice of Jesus, who is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. If you can go, go. If you can give, give. If you can pray, pray. If you can encourage, encourage. If you can provide, provide. The world needs to hear about the saving power of our Redeemer. He is worth our efforts and sacrifices to make it happen.

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