Prayer: May we only boast in you, Lord. Amen
Reading: I Corinthians 1: 18-31 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Boasting never seems like a good thing to do but some people do it all the time. Thinking so highly of themselves and letting others know it. They sure get a lot of attention, which then only makes others want to come up with something to boast about, too.
Confidence is a good thing but where your confidence comes from makes a big difference. Paul reminds us, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (I Cor. 1: 31) Why? Because in Christ we have the power of God and the wisdom of God. (v. 24)
I think as Christians we do need to show a bit of confidence. It may make others want to come up with that sort of confidence, too! But here is the catch. We boast in the Lord, not in ourselves. Then God gets the attention and that would be better for everyone. --Ruth Gates
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