Today's Chapter: 1 Corinthians 1
Specific Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18, 26-31
You are so special. You're unique and there's no one quite like you. You're so talented, so awesome and everything you do in life will be the best and you will always be #1.
Or at least that's what your grandma has told you....
The fact of the matter is you are just plain ordinary. None of us will be a superstar on American Idol, stand on top of the podium after winning the Super Bowl or go on to be a respected President who achieves world peace. And that's ok. Most of the people in the world are like you... just ordinary.
Besides, even if you do achieve some sort of greatness in life, that is NOT what defines your identity! Your primary identity - who you are now and will always be - is that you are in Christ. You are not just a citizen of this world, you're a citizen of the Kingdom of God, and are made so because a man died a horrific, gruesome, shameful death 2,000 years ago; A death that was designed to humiliate the small group of Jesus' followers. In this sense, you're not ordinary at all, in fact you're quite different.
Christians have always been different, but we haven't always looked different. In the last century, it was quite possible to live a solid, upright Christian life and not look any different than everybody else. It was quite ordinary, actually.
Things are going to be different for you. Our society is changing rapidly, and so as a Christian, you are going to look stranger and stranger to the world around you. In fact, to the rest of the world you will seem quite stupid and foolish.
You need to get over that, and the earlier you do the easier the rest of your life will be. Know that even though you cling to what seems foolish to the world, you are actually holding to the power of God!
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father in Heaven, forgive me for the times where I'm ashamed to live as your child, a person who is different from the world. Thank you for making me your own, and I pray that every day I will grow stronger in my relationship with Jesus, through whom I have the power of God. Amen.
Discussion Starter: What are some ways the world looks at us and thinks we're stupid & foolish?