The Church for the Glory of God | 1 Corinthians 1.26-31
FROM SUNDAY, JULY 12 2015
27 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; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Have you been chosen by God?
Today, that’s a question that is likely to get you a lonely table at Starbucks. The idea that God reaches out and chooses us is just a little bit, well, kooky to most people. Our culture devotes so much energy to nurturing our goals and our wishes, that we have become comfortable with a god that we may choose on our terms for our purposes. A God that chooses us? For his own purpose? On his schedule? That’s just a little bit, well, offensive.
Imagine that. That God would be so close to you and your life that he could choose to claim you – and everything about you – for his wishes. Imagine a God who chooses people, not for who they have made themselves to be, but for what he will make them into. Imagine a God who, on purpose, chooses to come close to people who are hurting, questioning, troubled, weak and distressed. This is the God we need, but often have little time for.
And here comes God, choosing to bring broken people into friendship with Jesus to show the world that Jesus is strength, wisdom, and beauty.
God’s “choosing” goes completely against everything that is natural to humanity. How much time have you spent this week trying to look good enough for people to value you? How much effort have you put in to making yourself strong so that others admire and respect you? How many hours have you already spent this week covering up your mistakes so that people think you’ve got it all together?
We naturally value strength, wisdom and power, but it’s all a sham. Our muscles wear out. Our money gets spent. Our beauty fades. Our brains lose cells by the minute. And here comes God, choosing to bring broken people into a friendship with Jesus in order to show the world that Jesus is strength, wisdom, and beauty. He is the answer to the question that keeps you up at night. His glory will never fade. In a world that constantly changes, his forgiveness is our never-ending source of hope.