Thursday, March 1, 2012

Daily Devotional- Parenting

Day 14

1 Corinthians 1:25-27

25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

The world's definition of "strength" is much different from God's. For example, our culture defines strength as having one or more of the attributes it values most, money, power, beauty and fame. Images from the media deluge our children and us with the idea that a successful person is one who is strong in these qualities.

Yet Christ valued none of these attributes. He came to serve, rather than be served, and to give His life for us. The Corinthians did not understand that kind of strength. I wonder whether we are much different.

Reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) reminds us who the strong really are, those who do not rely on their own strength, but rather depend on God to supply the power.

Teach your children God's concept of a strong person, one who surrenders.

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