Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What Happens When God Picks

I attended a worship service last night, and the following passage from 1 Corinthians 1 was mentioned during the sermon:
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are," (27-28, emphasis added).
Recently I perceived my life to be filled with these "things that are not". Fairly quickly I could create a list in which I don't measure up to the world's standards. Not to mention, inadequacies such as foolish, weak, low, and despised are not the characteristics I care for people to think of me as.

Yet that is what God chooses. 

Foolish. Weak. Low. Despised.

The list includes things plenty of people believe about themselves, yet are too afraid to admit aloud or even to themselves. Everybody have memories of things they did that fall into one of those categories, a tell-tale sign of our broken humanity.

While thinking about the type people Jesus chooses to fulfill His mission in the world, I began to wonder about my own description. More often than not, I take those moments where I feel foolish, weak, low, or despised and sweep them under a rug or shove them in a closet never to be seen or heard from again. Yet Paul is relaying that Jesus wants those moments and traits because they serve a purpose.

I missed the memo about that part of following Jesus when I surrendered my life to His lordship.

The purpose of using our weakness is that it brings glory to God. If it seems a little paradoxical at first, hang on. God is infinitely better at everything than us, and as a result of the fall from Eden, humans are very broken individuals who need a Savior. What better way to display His greatness and might than to take our shortfalls and still use them for His purposes? The world doesn't use foolish, weak, low, and despised people - but God does.

What are the "are not" places in your life that perhaps like mine are waiting to be used as a light for others, pointing them to Jesus? Instead of looking at the shortfalls as negatives, why don't we begin to view those as places as room for God to work and reveal His glory in our lives.

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