July 30, 2013 by Chris French
It’s time to face it.
In the grand scheme of things we’re just not that important in God’s plan.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[b] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
I wonder if Paul called them “dear” brothers and sisters to take away the sting to their pride.
You guys weren’t noteworthy or powerful when God called you to His service, but that’s okay because it’s not about you! It’s about Him! That’s why He chose you in the first place. He chose the silly, powerless, and useless (that’s me…and you 🙂 to bring Him glory. The Corinthians struggled with who was the most important. Read the rest of chapter 1 and you’ll see them fighting amongst themselves trying to be the top dog. Paul says that the Gospel, the very foundation of their new lives, doesn’t make any sense to outsiders. A God who dies for you in the most despicable fashion? There’s no way I can believe that! It doesn’t even make sense!
Their question didn’t have anything to do with God dying in disgrace. Their question was who was the leader they should all follow. Was it Paul, Peter, Apollos or Jesus Himself? But the mindset behind this question relayed an important fact to Paul: these Christians thought there was something special about themselves/Paul/Apollos/Peter.
Paul has to remind them that no matter what kind of spiritual trophies they had accumulated since coming to Christ there wasn’t anything special about them. They were little and unimportant in the world’s eyes when they came to Christ and nothing has changed.
In fact, let’s take a quick look at what God has used in the past to get done what He wanted to get done. He used a child to feed 1-2 million people (John 6), a starving widow to feed His prophet indefinitely (1 Kings 17) ravens to feed the same prophet (1 Kings 17) and even a donkey (Numbers 22)! So apparently you don’t even have to be HUMAN for God to use you in His service. Sometimes I forget that I’m not that important. He could accomplish what He wanted to get done without me. In fact, it looks like a rock could even take my place! Go back and read Luke 19.28-40.
Now that we’ve remembered where we came from let’s finish up with 1 Cor. 1. The power and awesomeness isn’t in me. I got that via the lesson of the rock. The power is in Him! As we noticed earlier He could use whatever He wanted to house the truth and power of the Gospel. He chose me. That makes me special. Now we don’t boast in our own specialness. I don’t have anything that makes me significant. I boast in the Lord. I boast about the Lord!