“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:26-31
If we simply sit and let that passage sink into the marrow of our bones- let it seep into the deepest parts of our heart…it can radically change how we see things. We need to be reminded of this over and over again. Letting its truth wash over us like a wave in the shore break. He chose the foolish, the weak, the lowly things, the despised, and the things that are not. This is so completely different than what our culture places in such high regard. Our world takes success, strength, wealth, status, eloquence, and beauty- wrapping it up and marketing it brilliantly for all to strive for. You can’t get a way from it. Movies and TV worship it. Social media feeds it. Ads and magazines promote it. Even in the church this is so. How do we live our lives in this culture and not be drawn into it?
Looking at this section of the passage again:
“Brother and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not– to nullify the things that are, so that NO ONE may boast before him.” (emphasis added)
I have to tell you that this passage is simply too much for me to handle. I stare at this blinking cursor with fear because I really struggle with this scripture. This is the crux of my greatest weakness. A people-pleaser to a fault. I play the comparison game really well. It debilitates me and makes me fearful. It makes me doubt God’s purpose and plan for my life. I hold the little offering of my life up to the light and I see holes. I look at my few gifts, my weak attempts, and cringe. How can the God of the universe use someone like me? I have crumbs compared to the feast that others are presenting to the world. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have deleted this blog because of fear, comparison, and doubt. BUT God keeps reminding me….
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. BUT God chose…..” (emphasis added)
In this world- I’m not influential, I’m not wise, I’m not even someone who the world would choose. I’m ordinary, I’m plain, and I am weak. I am often forgotten about. Oh, but I am loved by my Heavenly Father (see Col. 3:12). I am chosen by the God of the universe (see Eph. 1:4, 11). I am called to a greater purpose (see Eph. 1:9, 3:11). I am redeemed (See Is. 43:1-2) and forgiven (see Eph. 1:8, Col. 1:14). I have hope (see Eph. 1:12). I am more than a conqueror (see Rom. 8:37). I am God’s child (see John 1:12). He can’t keep His eyes off of me. Thanks be to the beautiful sacrifice of His Son- Jesus.
My little crumbs that I can offer to the King can be multiplied to feed a multitude (see Matt. 14:13-21). My weaknesses can be used to display God’s power (see 2 Corinthians 12:9) all because He chose me…the weak and the foolish of this world.
It is my prayer- DAILY- to be reminded that there is nothing in me that deserves recognition- except for Jesus Christ in my heart. If I get in the way of that- if I put myself up on display for all to see- I am not allowing Him to be glorified in my life. I am glorifying myself. BUT I also need to be careful not to beat myself up over my weaknesses. I need to learn to be gentle with myself. To see myself as a treasure to the Lord. I am loved and chosen. To give myself the grace to fail- the grace to make mistakes- and to let God grow me up in those areas.
This is HUGE….Not only do I start seeing myself in a different light but then I begin to see others around me the same way. No one is greater or less than in the sight of God. I pray that the Lord will speak through His word to daily remind you of who you are. I pray that He would show you how much He loves you.
How great are the plans that the Lord has for our lives all because He chooses us…the weak!
Becki Campbell is a writer, wife, and mom of four crazy-fun kids. She shares her heart through her posts while embracing her weaknesses so the beauty of Christ’s glory may be revealed in her life. More details are found at her blog: http://shinyreflection.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @campbellbecki on Twitter.