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I Corinthians 15:3 ” For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”

That life-changing encounter with Jesus was the start of your journey as a Believer.  You marveled at the grace, mercy, and loving kindness that was extended to you… a sinner that only deserved death.  You became a recipient of the greatest gift ever…the free gift of eternal life.  But for many of us we stop there, never sharing this Good News with others.  We instead hold tightly to this gift refusing to share…desiring to just keep it to ourselves.  But Paul tells us in this verse that first we are a receiver, but then we become a messenger… an ambassador for Christ, telling others about Him.  Paul goes on in I Corinthians 11:2, ” I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”   How can we keep such wonderful, life-changing news to ourselves? The Lord wants us to pass it on to others.  So today, tell someone how Jesus is working in your life.

I Corinthians 15:10 ” But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace towards me was not in vain.”

With over 30 years under my belt as a Christian…it’s only with sincere thankfulness and gratitude I can proclaim that it’s only by the grace of God I am what I am today.  For it’s only by God’s unearned and unmerited favor that I have been changed…justified freely by His grace through the redemption that comes through Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24)    And I strive daily to show Him that the grace He lavished on me was not futile or a waste of time…for this grace God showed me –  I need to be passing on freely to others.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.

I Corinthians 1:27 ” 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 could easily use the powerful and super-intelligent to move His Kingdom forward…but He doesn’t.  He could utilize those who are  idolized and obsessed over…but He chooses not to.  God would rather select those who the world would view as ridiculous to direct the course of redemptive history.  Verses 28-29 go on to say, “He 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.”    God uses everyday, common, ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him on a regular basis.  He takes the nonsensical and creates the incredible.  All He needs is a willing heart and spirit.

I Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

II Corinthians 13:4 tells us that Christ was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power.  Man looks at the cross and see humiliation, shame, and scorn.  They see Jesus powerless as He hangs there dying, seemingly unable to change His situation.  But the world can’t comprehend that it was Jesus’ decision to be there.  Just as the world can’t comprehend how three days later He rose from the dead.  What the world sees as stupid…Believers see as salvation.

II Corinthians 4:4 ” The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God.”

The god of this age, Satan, has fogged over the minds of unbelievers…dulling their perception of God and causing them to be indifferent and apathetic.  In I Corinthians 1:18,  Paul  says that the message of the Cross sounds like foolishness to the unbeliever…something so ridiculous and stupid as not to be believed.  It’s only when the light of the Gospel breaks through this fog, dawning upon the minds of unbelievers that they can see clearly the uncertain path before them.  The Gospel message is called the Good News for a reason…it’s not only  proclaiming the Kingdom of God and salvation through Christ, but it’s the truth piercing through the fog, illuminating our wretchedness,  but also offering  forgiveness, peace, and hope.

I Corinthians 1:29 “…so that no one may boast before Him.”

One of the pit-falls of any ministry is that we start glorifying ourselves, not God.  Pride starts to push itself in…and soon our ego is searching for the limelight and honor.  II Corinthians 4:1 states, “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”   It’s only because of God’s infinite compassion on us that we have any kind of ministry at all.  And it’s only because of the indwelling Holy Spirit empowering us that we can act as ambassadors, representing our Lord.  When a ministry glorifies God…and not our egos,  good things happen.