Thursday 25 July, 2013

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when God chose you. Not many of you were considered wise by human standards. Not many of you were powerful. Not many of you belonged to important families. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the things of this world that are common and looked down on. He chose what is not considered to be important to do away with what is considered to be important. 29 So no one can brag to God. 30 Because of what God has done, you belong to Christ Jesus. He has become God’s wisdom for us. He makes us right with God. He makes us holy and sets us free. 31 It is written, “The one who brags should brag about what the Lord has done.” (Jeremiah 9:24)

The wisdom of God is often mistaken as foolishness. What sort of people does God look for? God chooses those who have nothing to brag about.

It’s not important how important we are, before we were saved, we lived in darkness. Our talents did not save us – God chose us! We are called by His love. God wants us to know that we have nothing to brag about before Him, but that we are completely indebted to Him. We are in Christ because of God’s work; God elects His people in order to bring honor to His name.

Boasting in ourselves is an illusion that we have some power in ourselves and can succeed through our own abilities. We are deceiving ourselves; God will puncture our pride and shatter the illusion of self-sufficiency.

When we trust Jesus, God makes us right with Him, within ourselves, and with other people. Christ’s character is gradually revealed in us as we learn how to handle life according to God’s wisdom. God alone is the source of our salvation. If you feel inadequate, God can use you. If you have Jesus, you have the secret of true success. Jesus has purchased us from the power of sin. We can only boast in Christ.

Lord Jesus, forgive me if I have boasted in myself, I pray I do not rely on what I have, or who I am, but that I rely totally on You. Help me to do what You want me to do, right where I am, and to have You delight in how you are glorified in my life. Your wisdom is amazing – Thank you that you are continually changing and teaching me.

Written by Cathy Croft

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