God’s Call Survives Our Humanness

Rob Donoho

Read: 1 Corinthians 3

For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? (v. 4)

Paul admonished the church in Corinth for its many divisions and acting like “mere humans.” How could the church be the light of the world when it acts no different than the world, putting our desires above the needs of others?

As we pulled into the ministry site in Mexico after a long drive, I was surprised to see my fellow missionaries race to the camp bedrooms to grab the best bunk beds. I was a little offended that in my old age, I was going to have to grab a top bunk. I realized my selfishness and confessed my sin. Shortly thereafter, one of the young men in our group offered me his bottom bunk. I accepted and then felt guilty for doing so. It was time for another confession.

To see our group work so fervently to build the houses for the homeless was amazing. However, when we arrived back at camp the race for the showers began. It was everyone for themselves!

Each night in worship we watched videos of each team’s progress building houses and sung praises to God for his faithfulness in helping us. It was obvious that God was at work despite our selfishness. What truly amazed me was that God was able to accomplish this despite our human weaknesses. —Rob Donoho

Prayer: Father, forgive me for my selfishness. Thank you for working through me despite my human weaknesses.