Consider your calling

For consider your calling brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 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. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 I've never been one to miss a bandwagon. Picking a word for the year seems to be pretty trendy right now so I think I'll give it a shot. I thought for a while that I might cheat and pick two {less and more: less junk, more Jesus; less tv, more reading....}. But since I am a rule follower I will stick with just one. And it is......

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What is keeping me from stepping out in faith on things that the Lord has laid on my heart? On the heart of my family? What will I say when the He presents new challenges and opportunities this year? Will I be brave enough to say yes? Will I be brave enough to ask Him about things that I desire, to lay them at His feet and then be brave enough to walk away? Am I brave enough to be "just a homemaker"? Am I brave enough to trust him to let my influence be what it is? Am I brave enough to let the gospel speak for itself and to not worry about eloquent speech and crisp pictures? Brave enough to trust, to let go of control, to follow?

This morning I read 1 Corinthians 1:10-2:5 as a part of Gospel Meditations for Women.

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This passage was so encouraging to me today... and convicting. Something in me wants so badly to be an eloquent, compelling, and interesting writer so that I will have a large audience to hear the gospel evidenced in my life. But then I could boast in my eloquence and not in the gospel of Christ. And I don't want people to rely on my words, but on the gospel.... or do I? Am I motivated by pride and jealousy or by a true desire to make Christ known and exalted? Probably both, most likely more the former. Time for a heart change - just be faithful to the gospel and stop worrying about all the things that I don't have that would make it so much better in the eyes of man. Because it can't be any better and anything I offer in my own power would just take away from it. I will use what God has gifted me with, what He so graciously put in my bag-of-tricks, to proclaim Christ crucified and raised for our redemption from sin.

Let's be encouraged to stop looking at ourselves in light of sharing the gospel and only seeing what we lack. Because if we are offering the gospel we aren't lacking anything at all.

 

Do you have a word for the year? Share it with me in the comments!

My graphics are from a paper pad by American Crafts, called Neopolitan. I got it on clearance at Hobby Lobby.