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. God 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. God chose things considered unimportant to do away with things considered important. 29 So no one can boast 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 boasts should boast about what the Lord has done.” (Jeremiah 9:24)
Sometimes I tell my mum about something frustrating one of my kids has done, and she says “You were just the same”. “Really?” Being reminded what I was like can be uncomfortable sometimes, but it’s also really useful. I’m sure my kids are grateful for the wind that gets taken out of my sails.
It’s no less useful to remember that when God called me I was foolish; that I was not powerful; and that I was not born into an important family. I was broken with sin and separated from him and desperately needed rescuing. In fact, that realisation was essential to hearing his call and allowing him to rescue me.
What wisdom I have has been given to me by God. I received power when the Holy Spirit came to me (Luke 24:49, Romans 8:2). And I was adopted into the most important family: his.
All this puts me in a brilliant position to boast to anyone who is still foolish, powerless, broken and separated … (like me) … about my God who called me, and calls them; about my God who rescued me and wants to rescue them.
He didn’t choose me because of who I was; but because of who he is.
Father, I can only marvel at why you called me; and marvel that you did. How can I respond except to boast about you?
Written by David Cornell