FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 10—Lenten Devotionals
26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; 27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; 31 therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Any victory that Christians enjoy does not arise from their own goodness, wisdom, abilities, or efforts. Christians have nothing outside of the relationship with God offered them through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
FJ HUEGEL: It cannot be too earnestly stressed that all Christians come into the same glorious inheritance. They have received Christ, and all things are theirs for they are Christ’s. In Him they are complete. With Him they have been raised up, and with Him they have been made to sit together in heavenly places (Eph 2:5,6). In Him they died unto sin and were made alive unto God (Rom. 6:11). Christ has been made unto them, of God, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). These things cannot, in a sense, be made more truly theirs than they already are. When God gives us Christ, His holy Son, to be our life, and this unspeakable gift is for all who will receive it by faith acknowledging themselves lost sinners in need of the gift; He does not do so with reservations. The whole gift is ours, not simply a part. We receive the whole Christ, if I may so speak. We do not receive justification without sanctification. We are not brought into Christ piecemeal. Paul, in a sense, had no more of Christ than the poor drunkard who only yesterday in some mission hall heard the Gospel, repented, believed, received Christ as his Savior, and was born again.
PRAYER: Dear God,
I thank you that, because the victory of Jesus over death and evil has become my victory because of my surrender to Him, I share fully in that victory. And not only I, but every person who likewise surrenders to Him. I pray that I would appreciate, cherish, and love all of my brothers and sisters, as the teammates on a winning team appreciate and cherish each other. I pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.