Friday 17 March, 2017

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I have been chosen to be an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Sosthenes joins me in writing. 2 We are sending this letter to you, the members of God’s church in Corinth. You have been made holy because you belong to Christ Jesus. God has chosen you to be his holy people. He has done the same for all people everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is their Lord and ours. 3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

When I read about the city of Corinth it is not a place I would have wished to live. As one commentator describes it, ‘Religion and philosophy had been prostituted to low uses. Intellectual life was put above moral life, and the future life was denied that they might enjoy the present life without restraint’. To be a Christian in such a place was to be radically different. I am not surprised in the context of such a place that Paul would open his letter by reminding this church that they are ‘sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people’.

I look at the world today, and think we are not so different. Humanity, who is so in need of saviour looks for pleasure and love in all the wrong places, deceived into thinking that this life is all there is. But I know different. I have called upon the name of the Lord and so I am made clean and empowered by grace to live a holy life.

Lord, I desire to be radically different, to be light in dark places and to introduce others to Jesus. Help me stay true to you. Amen

Written by Rosie Walker

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