Beautiful words, aren’t they?
Has someone ever told you that you suck? I’m not talking about the kidding “you suck!” after you just pranked them. And I’m not talking about the “you suck” after you just beat your friend in a race. I’m talking about the mean-spirited, angry, spiteful “You suck!” The kind that hurts. Sometimes it is audible, but more often it is spoken without words, but just as clearly. For example, there are loads of people and corporations that want to tell us what they think of us. One of my favorite videos that explains this is:
As you hear in the video, advertisers want us to believe that we suck, but if we buy their products we’ll feel great…that is until the product we bought is obsolete a couple months later, and the new version comes out and we suck again because we have the old version.
And then all the celebrities and their awards shows remind us that they are great, and we worship them because we suck and it makes us feel good to watch them. But we’re not so beautiful and wealthy as they are, so we suck.
And then there are all the politicians with power in the government, reminding us that we are hopeless to change the world because we suck. But we feel good when we get in their corner. But they never really change much, and we still feel powerless, and that sucks.
Sometimes our bosses, sometimes our friends and family, and sometimes we ourselves tell us that we suck.
So basically, we suck.
Or do we? If we listen to all those voices, we will believe that we suck.
Maybe you believe those voices. Maybe you haven’t heard the voice of the Lord in while. Maybe you can’t remember what he feels about you. How does God feel about you?
As Paul continues his letter to the disciples in Corinth, it is the voice of the Lord that he wants them to hear. And he wants them to hear it loud and clear. Maybe read 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 to hear that voice. Then join us on Sunday as we study this passage further.