today, i started reading the book of 1 Corinthians. i always enjoy that book. not that it's particularly uplifting. in fact, it's very convicting. every time i read it, i feel like the church in Corinth and i have a lot of short comings in common. there is always much humbling of my pride and evidence of my short comings brought out. which is always good. not easy, but defiantly good!
and today God used the first chapter (particularly verses 18-31) to once again remind me of my need to be humble before an Almighty and Powerful God.
note verses 25-29 (emphasis mine)
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
so that no man may boast before God."
all those things in bold? yeah, those are me.
see, God's wisdom, power, strength, abilities, etc. are so far beyond the best of mankind. and to show how great He is, to prevent anyone from questioning His power, He uses the "foolish," the "weak", the "base things" and the "despised", and "the things that are not". He uses those that are the least to show that He is, not just the most, but that He is the Everything. let no one say, "well, He's good, but look at the great stuff He's working with." no, it's all Him.
and guess what. He's using me.
so, contrary to what all those fluffy christian songs say, i'm not "beautiful" or "worth dying for" or any of that other prideful stuff. nope. i'm one of those "foolish things" that He's using. i'm one of the weak things that He's using to show how strong He is; so strong that He shames the things that are strong in this world.
and the gospel that He used to save me? again that's all Him.
"At that time Jesus said, "I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants."
the gospel of Christ is not for those who are so smart they can decipher it. no, it is a simple message that He chose to reveal it to the simple. that removes any opportunity to boast/give credit to anyone except God!
are you starting to get it? it's all about Him.
i don't say these things because i'm trying to sound so beautifully humble. on the contrary. God has been working on pressing my pride out of me for months. it's been a painful process. i say these things because i want to share what God is teaching me. i want to share the truth that contridicts the modern idea "God loves me, so i must be worth loving!" nope, He loves you/me because of HIS AMAZING LOVE!
if you really want to see what you are worth, remember 1 Corinthians 1.
if you are His child, He is using you because you are foolish, weak, base, despised and are not. and by using the things in this world that are the least, it shows how Great He is.
be humble friends. be humble and remember how Great is the Lord God!