To Belong to the Heavenly Kingdom Is More Important than Earthly Ambitions (Wed. August 4)

The word of the day is “remain.”  It may seem to be a surprising question since our society assumes that our goal in life should be to fulfill our dreams, whatever they may be.  But in our reading of 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Paul states “Let each [believer] remain in the calling in which he was called” (1 Cor. 7:20).  We may react to this passage because it seems to accept slavery, though St Paul says that “…if you can be made free, rather use it [take the opportunity] (1 Cor. 21).  But it also seems to counter our values of setting and achieving goals for oneself.  Today we will find that we have a higher calling than our career in…

One Body Without Favoritism (Feb. 5, Fri.)

The word for today is “partiality.”  Favoritism is the way of the world.  Human society is so ordered that some are more advantaged, favored, and honored than others. However, the Gospel opposes and reverses this preferential treatment of the privileged.  In our reading of James 2:1-13, we read, “My Brethren, do not hold the faith our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with partiality” (vs. 10). The Greek word translated as “partiality” means the “respect of persons” (Strong’s #4372, 2160). But the word has the connotation that this regard for others is based on outer appearance, not on inner character.  We hear this undertone in the flattery that the Herodians used in their attempt to trick Jesus: “You do…