Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Corinthians 15 (Monday 3.13)
I’ve always enjoyed playing the song “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher on Sunday mornings. It stands as an anthem to Christ’s resurrection and a reminder that Christianity does not end at His death. One my favorite parts to play is the bridge, which proudly proclaims, “O, death, where is your sting?” While the crescendoing volume and double time notes are a blast to play, it strikes a deeper chord. One that allows you to come face to face with the reality that all of us will face one day.
Upon finding this line in 1 Corinthians 15, I found myself staring at a large portion of text that is incredibly difficult to make sense of. There is great talk of spiritual versus physical bodies, the connection to Adam, sin, and the ultimate law, Jesus’ role/responsibility of the ultimate resurrection we all face…it can be overwhelming.
However, verse 50 paints a concise picture: “I tell you this brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” This is what it ultimately comes down to. Not how big and important we are. Not the accomplishments that we parade around ourselves. We are all, unquestionably, in need of a savior. And the best part? We will, one day, see our savior again, clothed in glory and righteousness.
Our God is not dead, he’s alive! he’s alive!
Read 1 Samuel 3 (3.15 Wednesday)
Fear. Such a versatile four letter. It often grips and shapes so much of our lives. Putting myself in Samuel’s shoes, I realize that more often than not, I find myself paralyzed by fear. And this can manifest in a variety of different ways. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as not talking to someone new due to a fear of certain reactions. At other moments, I am afraid to speak out on topics I am passionate about due to backlash or somehow exposing I am inferior.
Samuel, in the instance of chapter three, was afraid for a different reason. When the Lord called, Samuel was there, ready and willing to answer. His fear came not from the fact that the Lord would call, but from the solemn news that Eli’s house was in great danger. Talk about being the bearer of bad news
But here’s the thing. Eli himself did not lash out in anger. He didn’t blame Samuel, or react physically. Instead he tells him in verse 17, “…Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”
No matter what side of fear we land on, Samuel and Eli both show courage in the face of huge opposition. It is up to us in this day and age to approach situations in our lives with confidence in that God is there with us, continually.
Reflections written by Jax Gorman