February 2nd (4th Sunday after Epiphany): “To Those Who Are Called”

Main Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12)

these last weeks in the season of Epiphany we have focused on our calling as grounded
and defined by Christ’s calling and by the grace of God. We heard God affirm
Jesus Christ as the embodiment of the new creation we are called to emulate. We
were invited to leave behind our pursuit of our own vision and instead seek to
dwell with Christ. We heard Jesus preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is not far
away and in fact was embodied in him and now dwells in us. In the readings this
week, we hear more of what this should look like in our lives and in our community.
Micah tells us that it is not found in religious observance, but rather in
doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God. Paul is
reminding the Corinthians of how different the experience (signs) and wisdom of
the world are from the experience and wisdom of God. Spiritual can discern all
things, but the flesh can only see what is. We are not called because of who we
are. We are called to witness and reflect not the experience and wisdom of the
world, but the power and wisdom of God in and through our lives. The sermon on
the mount in Matthew reveals the great reversal of who is blessed. It sounds
like foolishness to the world. But to those who are called, it is the vision we
are called to witness to. Consider your call brothers and sisters.  

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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