These scriptures encouraged me. The scriptures from Hebrews remind me of how pleasant my life following Jesus is compared to some others who are mistreated and abused. Yet, I often act like I’m risking so much when I know God wants me to trust Him and follow Him. The scriptures from first Corinthians encouraged me to follow Christ and celebrate the gospel power of God working through my weaknesses and flaws. These scriptures were preached on by a Ugandan church planter who was visiting San Diego’s Barabbas Road Church. His sermon can be found at http://www.whoisbarabbas.com/videos/fruitvid.html on October 20th. His question was”Why did God call me to Him?
Hebrews 10:32-39 (CEV)
32Don’t forget all the hard times you went through when you first received the light. 33Sometimes you were abused and mistreated in public, and at other times you shared in the sufferings of others. 34You were kind to people in jail. And you gladly let your possessions be taken away, because you knew you had something better, something that would last forever.
35Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. 36Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised. 37As the Scriptures say,
”God is coming soon!
It won’t be very long.
38The people God accepts
of their faith. [a] But he isn’t pleased
who turns back.”
39We are not like those people who turn back and get destroyed. We will keep on having faith until we are saved.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (CEV)
18The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work. 19As God says in the Scriptures,
”I will destroy the wisdom
of all who claim
to be wise.
I will confuse those
who think they know
20What happened to those wise people? What happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers? Didn’t God show that the wisdom of this world is foolish? 21God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him.
Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach. 22Jews ask for miracles, and Greeks want something that sounds wise. 23But we preach that Christ was nailed to a cross. Most Jews have problems with this, and most Gentiles think it is foolish. 24Our message is God’s power and wisdom for the Jews and the Greeks that he has chosen. 25Even when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.
26My dear friends, remember what you were when God chose you. The people of this world didn’t think that many of you were wise. Only a few of you were in places of power, and not many of you came from important families. 27But God chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame.
28What the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at all is what God has used to destroy what the world considers important. 29God did all this to keep anyone from bragging to him. 30You are God’s children. He sent Christ Jesus to save us and to make us wise, acceptable, and holy. 31So if you want to brag, do what the Scriptures say and brag about the Lord.